What is the purpose of telling the Finch family history at the beginning of the novel?

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At the beginning of the novel, Scout elaborates on her family's history. This is significant to the exposition of the story and reveals important background information about her family's status in the small town of Maycomb. Scout discusses how her ancestor, Simon Finch, immigrated from England and established a homestead named Finch's Landing on the banks of the Alabama River. Following the Civil War, the Finch family...

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