Segregation in the 1930s

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Color, gender, and race all played a major role in defining who you were and how you fit into society. The novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, illustrates specific examples of segregation. Segregation was a major issue in history ranging by class, gender and race because people discriminated against anyone that was different. Discrimination resulted in threats, violence, and bias opinions that negatively impacted daily living. Without a doubt, segregation between classes impacted the way society worked. Back then people believed that social classes should be segregated because the rich thought they should be of higher privilege than the poor causing discrimination to occur. For instance, Aunt Alexandra demonstrated this by telling Scout that she can’t play with Walter Cunningham. The rich discriminated the poor and called them “trash” and thought that they were better than them because they were wealthier and they came from a better upbringing household. “But I want to play with Walter, Aunty, why can’t I?” She took of her glasses and stared at me. “I’ll tell you why,” she said. “Because—he—is—trash, that’s why you can’t play with him” (Lee 225). Walter is considered trash to Aunt Alexandra because he is a poor, underprivileged boy from a family of farmers. It is beneath Aunt Alexandra to associate with the lower class. In the town of Maycomb, the classes are segregated so each character has a place. Atticus and his family are part of the upper class because he

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