The Question and Answer section for The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
One way in which Rufus' life is very different in Flint is the lack of room to roam. While he lived in Arkansas, Rufus was free to come and go as he pleased. He went hunting and had his own gun.
I can give you the major points. Birmingham, Alabama, is openly segregated in a way that Flint, Michigan, is not.Kenny remarks that Birmingham seems similar to Flint from a physical point of view. He sees that Birmingham has the same cars, roads,...
Rufus is a boy who comes from the South and who becomes close to Kenny. Otherwise, Rufus has difficulty making friends.