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Cunninghams vs Ewells During the great depression of the1930s there were many families who couldnt make ends meet How each family copes with their struggles during hard times has always been a source of great topics for many writers One such author is Harper Lee who wrote To Kill A Mocking Bird In the book the author writes of several families who were going through those hard times Two of the families in particular stood out for me the Cunningham and Ewells Although they did share some things in common they were very different The equalities were few and aside from being from the country having lots of children and having had trouble with the law the similarities ended The Cunninghams were from the outskirts of Maycomb a place called Old Sarum Apparently this was land that existed in their family for generations They were considered poor by Maycombs standards but still tried to make it Although most of their land had been repossessed and mortgaged they still owned some Their land was the primary means of supporting the family and since money was scarce many times they would use some of their crops to barter for other necessities or services The Cunninghams were very proud and hard working people and accepted nothing that was given to them unless they earned it For example Mr Atticus Finch provided legal services to the Cunninghams and did not expect payment of any kind Mr Walter Cunningham however brought Atticus various things from his farm throughout the year until he reached a point which he considered fair payment for his services These actions earned the Cunninghams the notion of being proud and honest people The Cunninghams did have a run in with the law one time which caused several of the boys to be sent to prison The prison was more like a state industrial school were the boys actually were fed and given an education Some
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