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mmandi26 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 3, 2012 at 2:28 AM via web

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What are quotes in To Kill A Mockingbird that show the effects of the Great Depression?

I need page numbers of where the quotes are in the book.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 3, 2012 at 3:20 AM (Answer #1)

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Text page numbers vary, but you should be able to use my page numbers and chapter numbers to get the page in your book.

The Great Depression hit the small town of Maycomb hard.  Scout mentions that it only exists as well as it is because the courthouse is there.

First, Scout notes that no one in Maycomb has any money.

There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County. (Ch 1, p. 6)

When Scout asks Atticus if they are poor, he answers that they are.

Jem’s nose wrinkled. “Are we as poor as the Cunninghams?”

“Not exactly. The Cunninghams are country folks, farmers, and the crash hit them hardest.”

Atticus said professional people were poor because the farmers were poor. As Maycomb County was farm country, nickels and dimes were hard to come by for doctors and dentists and lawyers. (ch 2, p. 21)

There is a ripple effect.  When farmers are poor, they can’t pay for services. The people who offer services then become poor.

The Ewells, on the other hand, have always been poor and always will be, regardless of the economy.

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