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Have you ever thought of living in a world without your phone or car. Or maybe where you spend your job as a cashier at a fast food chain. Or where rich people work full time jobs. This is the modern description of the time during the novel To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee. The Great Depression lasted from 1929 to 1939, and was definitely the worst economic disaster in American history. This time affected millions of everyday Americans. To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel directed into a little town in Alabama. Segregation is at its high when a black man is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. The Great Depression serves as a historical backdrop for the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”, such as making many people poor and having them work harder while having the children be more productive without expensive luxuries. The depression has made a major effect on wealth for the people of maycomb. The stock market crash was truly the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world (Olivia p4). And because of this some characters were more affected than others. People like Mr. Cunningham were one of those people. During the Depression the agricultural economy got so bad that many farmers were forced to trade their crops and other goods to people in town that they owed (Bill Ganzel). This is shown when he pays Atticus with hickory nuts and collard greens. But it’s not only Mr cunningham trying the best he can to not go broke. Walter cunningham shows many examples of how he tries to help his family as well. Children often worked long hours in dangerous factory conditions for very little money ( John Garty pg1). Walter goes through 1st grade three times so he can help his dad and he doesn’t take lunch to school or take handouts. It wasn’t just the adults that were affected by this time period Kids in maycomb are exceedingly playful. Their children of course. During the depression, since children didn’t have the extra cash or allowance that kids nowadays normally would of got, they weren’t able to pay for expensive luxuries,. And because of this they had to compromise in order to have fun and amuse themselves. In the story the kids Scout rolls in a old tire down the street to have fun. They took something that is overlooked and turned into something they could have fun with. “I ran to the backyard and pulled and old car tire from under the house. I slapped it into the front yard. “Im first”, I said” (TKM Harper Lee pg 49). With the kids not having many things to do, their able to have fun with anything they can get and invent games like “Boo radley”. With this the  kids reenact what they think Boo did with the scissors. Small games like this lead to thoughts and ideas in the characters. That’s why there so scared of him. During this time as well, with little money to spend on entertainment, families enjoyed new board games, playing records or the radio, watching baseball and puzzles. (Claudia Reinhardt p1) These characters in the story as well as many other people back then did what they could to have fun with the resources they had. In order to have time for fun many had to spend time working as well. In the story working hard is a major factor for most of the characters. This time of hardship and trouble required much dedicated work. Atticus, a father of two, a representative for the state legislature, a Lawyer. Mr Cunningham, a farmer who works as hard as he can in order to support his family. He’s even relied on bartering to help himself financially. Calpurnia, sometimes a twenty four hour maid, who cleans, takes care of the children. She is a essential for Atticus. Then Tom Robinson. Even having one good arm to work with, works very hard on a farm. He has integrity and gets employed by Link Deas all year round. I picks for Mr. Link Deas. “Were you picking cotton in november”?  No suh, I works in his yard fall an’ wintertime. I works for him pretty steady all year round-. (TKM Harper Lee pg 254). Tom must of been a very dedicated and hard working man. He had only one arm to work with and he was working for a man all year round. He is one of many americans who worked their absolute hardest during this time.It was very difficult for the black population to get jobs, especially during the depression. And him having a steady job year round is an incredible marvel. The Great Depression of the 1930s was disastrous for all workers. But as usual, blacks suffered worse. They were pushed out of unskilled jobs in previously scorned by whites before the depression. ( Lee Sustar p3). Tom Robinson is truly a fine example for the relation of the past and the novel. Having the novel set during this time the depression does come to show the effects that it has on the characters such as wealth, work ethic and how kids spend their daily time. The Great Depression was a time that had an effect on the wealthy and the poor, children, who had to rely on ordinary thing to get through the day, and workers. who had to give it all in order to maintain control. People always say how The Great Depression was the worst time in American history and how they wish to never of gone through it. But to their surprise there are millions of people who are living the way people did back then. People who live in huts and fish everyday for their meal. Kids who have jobs of their own after school. Workers that rely on three or four jobs to pay next month’s rent. As much as our economy has grown and developed there are still people out there living very similarly to how people did back then. Hard workers like Tom and Atticus show and inspire us to be blessed with what he have and to help those in need. You have two hands, one to help yourself and one to help others. Works CitedCitation 1Ganzel, Bill. “Barter Economies .” Bartering to Make It through the Depression, 2003, livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe30s/money_12.html. Citation 2Grant, Barry Keith, editor. Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film. Vol. 2, Schirmer Reference, 2007.                 Gale Virtual Reference Library, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/pub/5IXO/GVRL?u=pl2567&sid=GVRL. Citation 3History.com Staff, Xavier. “The Great Depression.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 7 Oct. 2009, www.history.com/topics/great-depression#. Citation 4Romer, Christina D., and Richard H. Pells. “Great Depression.” Encyclopædia Britannica,                    Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 27 Oct. 2017,     www.britannica.com/event/Great-Depression. 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