In To Kill a Mockingbird, how are the Negro and white communities connected? 

Expert Answers
bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In segregated Alabama of the 1930s, there was very little socializing between the races, and most of the white Maycomb community sees to it that there is very little interaction (aside from employer/employee relations) with the town's Negroes. One connection can be found with the First Purchase Church, the African American sanctuary located in the Quarters. On Sundays, the local Negroes worshipped inside, but it was not strictly a place for blacks-only: It was also used for gaming, since "white men gambled in it on weekdays." The trial of Tom Robinson brought blacks and whites together in the courtroom of the Maycomb County Courthouse--a public place in which Negroes are not banned. There is virtually no interaction between the races, however, aside from Jem and Scout innocently joining Tom's friends upstairs. Blacks must sit in the balcony and enter only after whites have entered. Many black men and women hold jobs as field workers and maids for white employers, but their relationships are strictly business. Some of the white men treat their black employees well, such as Link Deas; and Atticus has a special relationship with Calpurnia, who occasionally spends the night inside the Finch house--a rarity in the white world of Maycomb. And then there is Dolphus Raymond, a wealthy white man who actually prefers living and socializing with African Americans. Because of this, Raymond is ostracized and thought to be mentally unstable by the white community, who can't fathom why a rich white man would prefer the company of blacks.

Read the study guide:
To Kill a Mockingbird

Access hundreds of thousands of answers with a free trial.

Start Free Trial
Ask a Question