Descibe the setting in The Help.

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As the previous responses to this question have pointed out, Kathryn Stockett's novel, The Helpis set in Jackson, Mississippi in 1962. There is much significance in this choice of time and place. 

The setting is in the so-called "deep South" at a time when segregation was strictly enforced there. This is also an area where where civil rights leaders focused a good deal of their work. 

Medgar Evers, NAACP field secretary, was a civil rights leader who lived for a time in Jackson, Mississippi. His racially-motivated murder is part of the story in The Help and the circumstances of his death are certainly a considerable part of the setting of the novel.

We might say that both the violent racism and the positive activism that contributed to Evers' death are on display in the novel, as background and as foreground. What are now clearly antiquated and bigoted views on race and social equality function as important (and characteristic) aspects of the novel's cultural setting.

While Jackson...

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