How do the events of the 1930's effect the people of Maycomb County in To Kill a Mockingbird?    

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The Great Depression has hit the town of Maycomb hard. It has also hit the people of the town hard. Maycomb is mostly made up of farmers, therefore the whole town is affected by the tragedy of the stock market crash. Most people in Maycomb work off the land, and when these people had no money, it was difficult for them to pay for other services. In chapter one, Scout describes how the town has been affected.

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

Scout even asks Atticus if they were poor and Atticus tells her that they were and they were just as poor as the Cunninghams. 

Atticus said professional people were poor because the farmers were poor. As Maycomb County was farm county, nickles and dimes were hard to come by for doctors and dentists and lawyers.

Most of the people in Maycomb had to take jobs as day laborers, this meant that they had to find jobs to do by the day and hope there was enough work for them. This is what Tom Robinson did. His willingness to work and take care of his family, led him to make a tragic error in judgement and eventually it cost him his life. The Ewell family, however, were poor and would always be poor. The economy had no affect on them. No matter the change that was brought on by the Great Depression, Bob Ewell and his family were exactly the same and would be. They were hard at heart and had no compassion for anyone else.

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