To Kill a Mockingbird

Why does Harper lee start the novel with a detailed history of the Finch Family?

in the novel To kill a mockingbird, Harper Lee the author starts the novel with a detailed long description of the Finch Family. I want to understand why she does that.

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The first chapter's emphasis on family history and stories within stories describes the rigid social ties that hold society together in the little town of Maycomb, Alabama, and the inescapable links that tie an individual to his or her family or clan.