A cultural place I think as been a little overlooked since the beginning of the book would have to be McAlester Prison. I think its good piece of the culture then and now cause there will always been prisons no matter how technically advanced we get in society. I think for the 1930s and especially in this book not this prison as its self, but most were afraid of letting people out due to the times and how everyone was on edge everywhere you went. I really like how this prison is one of the most famous ones in the country due to it being in one of the greatest books about the great depression but also because of the punishments they did to people. Most of the time in McAlester they had murders, rapist, and robbery.
I really like how they include McAlester enough in the book to ensure you remember where and why Tom can't get in trouble. I choose this topic because i feel like it's good to know the background information in whatever story you read and this isn't a big background story for the family but for our main character. It has a very different value to me just for the fact that it's prison and some of the websites show me why i should always think before i act no matter what the situation is or is turning out to become.
Here is McAlester Prison in the 1930's. you can see for how the times were that it is a pretty big prison compared to most other at that time in the U.S.