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Maycomb, Alabama is the fictional home town of the Finches, and is the setting of the vast majority of To Kill a Mockingbird.
Maycomb is a small, hot and sleepy town where the residents are privy to the details of each other's lives. The atmosphere of Maycomb is relaxed and inward-looking: "there was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County".
Although Maycomb is portrayed as a safe place, where everyone left their houses unlocked, this peace is undercut by a deeply-felt, violent racism which divides its white and African-American populations.
Alabama lies in the south-eastern United States. A strongly Christian state, it had 4.6 million residents in 2006.
Alabama is nicknamed "The Heart of Dixie". The Dixie states are those that wanted to secede from the Union to form the Confederate States of America during the civil war. The war was largely fought over the issue of slavery, which had been banned although the economy of the South relied upon slave labour.
Farmers settled in Alabama in the 1820s and 1830s to take advantage of its fertile soil. Planters and traders from the Upper South brought slaves with them, expanding the cotton plantations. According to the 1860 census, enslaved Africans comprised 45% of the state's population. There was also a population of poor white subsistence farmers.