My Father and Atticus Finch

My Father and Atticus Finch

A Lawyer's Fight for Justice in 1930s Alabama

Book - 2016
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"As a child, Joseph Beck heard the stories--when other lawyers came up with excuses, his father courageously defended a black man charged with raping a white woman. Now a lawyer himself, Beck reconstructs his father's role in State of Alabama vs. Charles White, Alias, a trial that was much publicized when Harper Lee was twelve years old"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393285826
0393285820
Characteristics: ix, 218 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Call Number: B BECK, F

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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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