Allusions that can be found in chapter one.

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1."I said if he wanted to take a broad view of the thing, it had really begun with Andrew Jackson (p.8)."

Andrew Jackson was the 7th president of the USA who served two consecutive terms from 1829 to 1837.

2."Being southerners, it was a source of shame to some members of the family that we had no recorded ancestors on either side of the Battle of Hastings (p.8)."

The Battle of Hastings was a battle fought during the Norman Conquest of England, in which Harold II, the king of England, was killed. The battle is considered by many to be the end of the Norman Conquest.

3."All we had was Simon Finch, a fur-trading apothecary from Cornwall whose piety was exceeded only by his stinginess (p. 8)."

Cornwall is small county in southwest England.

4."...he worked his way across the Atlantic to Philadelphia, thence to Jamaica, thence to Mobile...(p. 8)."

Philadelphia is a city in southern Pennsylvania.
Jamaica is an island country south of Cuba.
Mobile is a city in southern Alabama.


5."Mindful of John Wesley's strictures...(p. 8)"

John Wesley founded the Methodist church.

6."Simon would have regarded with impotent fury the disturbance between the North and the South...(p. 8)."

"disturbance between the North and the Sout" is a reference to the Civil War.

7."There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy, and no money to buy it with...(p. 10)."

"no money to buy it with" refers to the Great Depression, during which there was a very poor economy and many people had little or no money. As a result of the poor economy, there was not much available to buy due to the lack of demand for products.

"Maycomb County had recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself (p. 10)."

"nothing to fear but fear itself" is a direct reference to President Franklin Roosevelte's first Inaugural Address

"Dill was from Meridian, Mississippi...(p. 11)."

Meridian is a city in eastern Mississippi.

"Dill had seen Dracula...(p. 12)."

Dracula, in this context, refers to the movie released in 1931 based on the vampire story.

"Thus we came to know Dill as a pocket Merlin...(p. 12)"

Merlin was King Arthur's advisor, mage, and prophet.

"...they experimented with stumphole whiskey (p. 14)."

Stumphole whiskey was whiskey made in the holes of stumps from cut down trees.

"...the boys backed around the square in a borrowed flivver...(p. 14)."

A flivver is a Model-T Ford

"...it was suggested that a season in Tuscaloosa might be helpful to Boo (p. 15)."

Tuscaloosa is a city in central Alabama.

"...Boo's elder brother returned from Pensacola...(p. 17)."

Pensacola is a city in northern Florida.