My Father and Atticus Finch: A Lawyer's Fight for Justice in 1930s Alabama

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University of Georgia Press, 30 sty 2018 - 230

My Father and Atticus Finch is the true story of Foster Beck, the author's late father, whose courageous defense of a black man accused of raping a white woman in 1930s Alabama foreshadowed the trial at the heart of Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird. After repeatedly being told that his father's case ?might have? inspired Ms. Lee, author Beck, now a lawyer himself, located the trial transcript and multiple newspaper articles and here reconstructs his father's role in State of Alabama v. Charles White, Alias.

On the day of the arrest, the local newspaper reported, under a page-one headline, that ?a wandering negro fortune teller giving the name Charles White? had ?volunteered a detailed confession of the attack? of a local white girl. However, Foster Beck concluded that the confession was coerced. The same article claimed that ?the negro accomplished his dastardly purpose,? but as in To Kill a Mockingbird, there was stunning and dramatic testimony at the trial to the contrary.

The saga captivated the community with its dramatic testimonies and emotional outcome. This riveting memoir, steeped in time and place, seeks to understand how race relations, class, and the memory of southern defeat in the Civil War produced such a haunting distortion of justice and how it may figure into our literary imagination.

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Recenzja użytkownika  - laytonwoman3rd - LibraryThing

A son's exploration of a case that presented his parents (as yet unmarried) with a moral and ethical challenge long before his birth. Joseph Madison Beck researched the arrest, trial and execution of ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję

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Recenzja użytkownika  - Gail Holman - Goodreads

I read the book in a day. It's fascinating that Mr. Beck had to do all of his research after the deaths of his parents. It was definitely a family story that needed to be told. A terrific window into ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję

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JOSEPH MADISON BECK is an Atlanta attorney. He also teaches at Emory Law School and has lectured at universities throughout the United States and abroad.

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