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Describe the setting of The Help.

The Help is set in 1962 in Jackson, Mississippi. The novel examines in detail how different Jackson is for its white and black residents.

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The Help is set in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962. Much of the action takes place in the houses of middle-class white people in a neighborhood called Belhaven, but as seen as from the point of view of the black maids.

Part one, for example, is told from the perspective of Mrs. Leefolt's maid Aibileen. She lays out the general Jackson setting for us early on, noting that the whites in this city of two hundred thousand have room to spread out and grow into the suburbs, while the segregated blacks are ever more crowded into sections that don't expand:

Six days a week, I take the bus across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge to where Miss Leefolt and all her white friends live, in a neighborhood call Belhaven. Right next to Belhaven be the downtown and the state capital. Capitol building is real big, pretty on the outside but I never been in it. I wonder what they pay...

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