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Maycomb, Alabama
Maycomb county
GNU Free Documentation LicenseMaycomb - Credit: tripod

Maycomb, Alabama is the fictional home town of the Finches, and is the setting of the vast majority of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Alabama Barn
Creative Commons AttributionAlabama Barn - Credit: geopungo, Flickr

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.

Traditional Alabama House
Creative Commons AttributionTraditional Alabama House - Credit: Brian Arnold