In the first chapter of To Kill a Mockingbird, we are introduced to the prejudice that exists concerning Boo Radley, the reclusive and emotionally disturbed neighbor of Jem and Scout. Because of the many stories that surround Boo's arrest and the forced confinement imposed by his father within the Radley House, Boo is blamed for "Any stealthy small crimes committed in Maycomb..." There is the prejudice held against the people of northern Alabama by the residents of Maycomb as exhibited in the children's reaction to their new first grade teacher, Miss Caroline. She hails from Winston County, an area that is
... full of Liquor Interests, Big Mules, steel companies, Republicans, professors and other persons of no background.
Miss Caroline seems to hold the people of Maycomb in low regard, scolding the children about their uncleanliness, Scout's advanced reading and writing skills, and Atticus's lack of teaching skills.
Miss Maudie discusses her views on regular Baptists (like herself) and "foot-washing Baptist(s)" like Mr. Radley. Mr. Avery displays his prejudice against children when he blames Jem and Scout for causing the unseasonal snowfall that hits Maycomb in Chapter 8. Racial prejudice begins to appear in various forms as the chapters progress. Miss Stephanie makes an off-color joke about "a white nigger," and Scout soon suffers the slurs of being called a "nigger-lover" by both Cecil Jacobs and her own cousin, Francis. Scout overhears Atticus telling his brother, Jack, that
"... the jury couldn't possibly be expected to take Tom Robinson's word against the Ewells'..."