What are the differences among the Finch family, the Radleys, and the Ewells in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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After Aunt Alexandra arrives, many of her efforts involve establishing proper decorum in the family. One explanation she provides to the children is that of the lineage of their family and that of the others in Maycomb County, an area where families are either upper class or lower class.

It is important to remember that the South did not become industrialized until the twentieth century, and little manufacturing came until the steel mills and textile mills of the early 1900s. Consequently, there was not a real middle class; essentially, then,...

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