Swill Milk Scandal

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Back in the 1850s in New York, an epidemic blazed. People were becoming sick and dying. Even babies were suffering. This was the Swill Milk Scandal, a plot to make money that killed as many as 8,000 infants in just one year. People were drinking tampered swill milk and still would have been had not regular New Yorkers raised their voices and stood up for those that were sick. The same is true in Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird. The novel is set in 1930s Maycomb, Alabama. A girl named Scout Finch and her brother Jem learn about the ever-present racism. They also learn from their father that opposing the racial norms can be challenging, but you still have to try for the sake of others. Harper Lee makes a claim about taking a stand in To Kill a Mockingbird in the actions and words of the Finches. She says that even though the stand you take may be impossible to win, you should still try to give it your all, because there may be a chance to succeed and change a life. No matter the wrongs seen in the world, there will still always be a glimmer of hope. Harper Lee shows through the actions of Atticus Finch that even if it seems like you can’t …show more content…
Calpurnia is Atticus’s housekeeper, and she takes care of Jem and Scout. Calpurnia teaches Scout how to grow up properly at several places in the text. In one point, Jem had invited a boy named Walter Cunningham over for dinner. Walter is poor and comes from a family without that much to eat. When he is eating, he asks for molasses and drenches his food in it. Scout is shocked and proceeds to tell Walter off. Calpurnia stands up for Walter by telling Scout that “‘...anybody sets foot in this house’s yo’ comp’ny, and don’t you let me catch you remarkin’ on their ways’” (Lee 33). Cal knows that Walter was humiliated, so she stands up for him. She knows that if she stands up for him, she would’ve made the world at least a little

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