My Father and Atticus Finch

My Father and Atticus Finch

A Lawyer's Fight for Justice in 1930s Alabama

Large Print - 2016
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"A memoir about the author's father, whose courageous defense in a 1938 Alabama trial of a black man accused of raping a white woman calls to mind To Kill a Mockingbird"--
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine :, Center Point Large Print,, 2016.
Edition: Center Point Large Print edition.
ISBN: 9781683240624
Branch Call Number: LGPRINT 345.761 Beck 08/2016
Characteristics: 262 pages (large print] :,illustrations ;,23 cm
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Nov 19, 2016

Was Foster Beck the prototype for Harper Lee's Atticus Finch? Hard to tell reading this book. But it is clear that the defendant, like the fictional Tom Robinson, was innocent - and in this case, executed for a rape not only he did not commit but in fact a rape that never happened. Set in the Great Depression. this book is a window in the crooked justice system of the US South that was pervasive well into the 1960s. A frightening read when one considers that it could happen again if the wrong kind of political leadership were ever to take over and make fair trails a mockery again.


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