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During the Great Depression times were very hard for minorities and they were treated harshly and poorly If any blacks were accused of committing crimes by whites ninety-eight percent of the time they were found guilty even if the evidence clearly stated that they were innocent If any white lawyers were assigned to defend the blacks most of the time they hardly defended the blacks because of the pressure they received from their community friends and family In the story To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee Atticus and his children Jem and Scout are put under a load of pressure from everyone when Atticus takes up a case to defend Tom Robinson a Negro who was accused of rape Atticus is put under a tremendous amount of pressure taking up this case mostly from the residents of Maycomb County but even his own sister pressures him to drop the case The town was pressuring Atticus to not defend Tom because he was a Negro and they had thought that since Tom was black he was automatically guilty This strong lawyer takes up the case saying If I didnt I couldnt even hold up my own head in town I couldnt even represent the legislature every lawyer gets at least one case that affects him personally This ones minepage 76 and still defends Tom no matter what the town was saying about him and his family Atticus sister Aunt Alexandra keeps telling him that he shouldnt take up the case because he is disgracing the family by defending a lowly Negro He will by far receive the greatest amount of pressure because he is defending Tom but he is a strong man and wont stoop down to the other nave residents level The pressure Jem and Scout get from the other kids at school is very different yet similar to the pressure Atticus receives At school the kids taunt Jem and Scout
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