Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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A poor economy, outdated health care programs, and classism have propelled a majority of Americans into poverty. In a community, groups of people are often disenfranchised through the means of external factors; circumstances they can not control. Harper Lee’s book, To Kill a Mockingbird, conveys a powerful message demonstrating how people can become divided and deprived due to issues that affect a community. The message is appealing because the book is set in the 1930s; however, some of the very same issues are taking root in today 's society. The community of Maycomb, Alabama, as described in the book was not a very wealthy area. Families such as the Cunningham’s and Ewell’s made up the lower-class of the community based on the conditions they had to endure. Harper Lee describes the Ewell residence in detail: "Maycomb’s Ewells lived behind the town garbage dump in what was once a Negro cabin”(170). In the 1930s, African Americans were not treated very fairly in American society. They had to face racism and discrimination on a daily basis. Many families had to live in poverty due to the disenfranchisement of the African American community. The problem all began as a result of classism which all ultimately stemmed from the Great Depression. As times got tough, people reverted to racism and discrimination to appear superior. As a result of this, African Americans were deprived and forced into poverty based on skin color. White men of the time used skin color to keep other

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