Dow English

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What was life like in Maycomb, Alabama, the setting of To Kill a Mockingbird, which  is based on Harper Lee's real-life childhood hometown of  Monroeville, Alabama. In the 1930's there were no cell phones, no computers, no televisions.  People mostly got their entertainment by listening to radio shows.  In big cities there were movies; however, in the Deep South, small towns did not have movie theatres. They also did not have paved roads, which wasn't too much of a problem because most people didn't even have a car.


Click on the following sites to get an idea of what it was like to live in such a town.

Read "Southerntown" on page three of this PDF file and the article at The Rural South in the 1930's.

Look at photos of typical Southern towns in the 1930's.
Set #1

A few photos

Your Assignment: Discuss your impressions with your partner(s).  Be prepared to share your reaction to what you think it would be like to live in a town such as Maycomb during the 1930's.