to kill a mockingbird why was Calpurnia, a black woman, treated with such respect in the Finch household?

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I agree with the other posters. Calpurnia was treated as an equal because Atticus had risen above racism. He did not believe that people should be judged based on the color of their skin or the money that they had in their pockets. He treated all people with the same...

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I agree with the other posters. Calpurnia was treated as an equal because Atticus had risen above racism. He did not believe that people should be judged based on the color of their skin or the money that they had in their pockets. He treated all people with the same degree of respect and humanity. This was something that he wanted his children to learn as well. He acted the way that he did toward Calpurnia so that his children would, in turn, learn to look beyond the surface and see the person who lies beneath. In all relationships and in all dealings with other people, this was Atticus' manner.

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Atticus was progressive with regard to his recognition that quality character is not indicated by skin tone or economic status. However, Calpurnia was family, so I’m not sure that race was even an issue in the Finch household. Lee also uses this positive female role model as a foil for Aunt Alexandria.

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The South in the time of the story was primarily of the Baptist religion. The Baptists believed that playing cards, and especially gambling, was a sin. It was not tolerated. Dill said the children were playing strip poker, but not for money, for matches. The matches supposedly made it a safer lie. Matches would be like earning points instead of money.

Atticus does not want the children playing the Boo Radley game because everyone in the neighborhood can tell exactly what they were play acting about. Atticus said Boo deserved privacy and should not have this event, which was best forgotten, played out in front of the neighborhood.

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Harper Lee's masterpiece had serious purpose to contribute to the changing of an idea among a generation. She had to do this in a variety of ways, she used theme and plot very effectively with the trial. However, to create a piece that would present appropriate race relationships under all circumstances AND to give Atticus a true to life character, she had to present Calpurnia as a member of the family. She gave Cal a credibility that we all should assume people of all races deserve no matter their race or SES.

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Atticus believes in the value of people...regardless of color, gender, race, education, etc.  He attempts to instill these same values in the children which is why they sit with the black people in the balcony during Tom's trial and why they are so incensed at the injustice of the verdict.  Aside from Atticus' sister, the Finches are, for all practical purposes, colorblind.

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For decades in the 1900s, it was not uncommon for white families to employ black maids.  These maids, who lived in the house of their employer, or in small, attached buildings called the "servants' quarters, were virtually considered a part of the family.  Often the maid was very actively engaged in the rearing of the children and became a respected member of the household.  Yet, at the same time, there was an invisible line drawn that the servant did not cross.  While the maid would take the children to school or to town to the grocery store,  she should not take the children into her neighborhood where her church is, also.

Atticus Finch is a maverick in his ideas during the setting of Harper Lee's novel.  For, he does not mind that Calpurnia escorts the children to her church, while such behavior is seen as taboo by Aunt Alexandra and other "ladies."

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Atticus was pretty much color blind when it came to races. Calpurnia had been the family housekeeper since the children were born, and apparently Atticus thought she did such a proper job of acting as surrogate mother that he kept her on. She was like a member of the family and helped teach the children; Calpurnia was educated and literate, and Scout claims that Calpurnia taught her how to write in cursive.

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In my opinion, it is because the Finch family (under the influence of Atticus) is actually pretty progressive on racial issues for their time and place.  Atticus is really pretty strict about making sure his kids don't see themselves as better than others...

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