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In "To Kill a Mockingbird", what chapter does Calpurnia take Jem and Scout to her church?

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andrea4 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 30, 2009 at 2:16 PM via web

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In "To Kill a Mockingbird", what chapter does Calpurnia take Jem and Scout to her church?

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Michael Foster | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 30, 2009 at 6:14 PM (Answer #1)

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Calpurnia takes Jem and Scout to her church in Chapter 12.  Atticus had gone to an emergency session of the state legistlaure, and so would be away from home for two weeks.

Calpurnia has some reservations about taking the two to her church, mainly because of behavior issues.  However, with promises to not embarrass her, the two attend the First Purchase African A.M.E. Church with Calpurnia.

There, Jem and Scout experience reverse discrimination for the first time.  Lula berates Calpurnia for bringing "white chillun" to a black church.  They have their church, we have ours," she states.    This is an example of the reinforcement of segregation from both sides of the race issue.

Michael Foster

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