How does Walter Cunningham's unique cultural perspective affect how he interacts with others?

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Walter Cunningham is a poor farmer who comes from a family that values respect and integrity. Walter is a trustworthy individual with a good work ethic and is respected throughout Maycomb. Even though he is not educated and the economic situation has dramatically affected his financial stability, his good reputation allows him access to goods and services typically acquired through transactions of currency. Walter trades his homegrown crops and vegetables for specific services like lawyer fees. The professionals in Maycomb trust that Walter will pay them and gladly do business with him. Despite his good reputation, Walter is also loyal to his family members and the people of Old Sarum in the northern part of the county, where he lives. The Old Sarum bunch are rough "rednecks," who like to drink and are known to cause trouble. Walter Cunningham has a unique cultural perspective because he can relate to the rough, "backwoods" individuals in the northern part of the county and he can get along just fine with the people who live in town. His good reputation allows him to interact with professionals and respected members of the community, yet he naturally associates with the Old Sarum bunch. Typically, citizens would not associate with the Old Sarum bunch, but Walter's good standing throughout the community makes him the exception. 

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