What is the physical setting of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee?

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is set in the fictional small town of Maycomb, Alabama during the Great Depression of the 1930s. This fictional town is based loosely on the real city of Monroeville located in Monroe County, Alabama, and the hometown of Harper Lee. 

Within the fictional town, the most prominent feature is a town square with the courthouse in the center. Surrounding the square are the main offices, businesses, and shops of the town, including the jail, supermarket, bank, drugstore, cafe, hardware store, and newspaper office. On the street leading south from the town square are the houses of various prominent white characters in the book, including that of Atticus Finch. Farther south are the Radley house and the schools. The black area of town is set apart from the predominately white neighborhood. Much of the area immediately surrounding the town is minimally developed, providing trees that the children enjoy climbing.


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