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

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.8 X 8.2 X 0.8 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

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.


[A] a powerful telling of injustice in a less tolerant time.--Seth Kantner
As a lawyer himself, author Beck lays out the circumstances of the case with gripping, almost cinematic detail... [F]ascinating.--Bridget Thoreson
Joseph Madison Beck's enthralling memoir on humanity, justice, and the world we live in... is one full of emotion and suspense in equal measure.--Blake Fournoy
Joseph Beck's book is based on facts... and those details make his story fresher and more alive than [Harper Lee's] justifiably oft-told narrative.--Johnathan Ringel
Joe Beck's vivid account of a racially charged rape case in South Alabama in 1938 is a loving tribute to his father's courage as a young attorney standing up to the evils of Jim Crow. It is also a gripping courtroom drama--with trial evidence and testimony based on facts, not fiction--that draws a haunting portrait of a search for justice.--Morris Dees, Southern Poverty Law Center founder
A poignant and warmly engaging memoir.
An insightful window into the everyday life of small-town Alabama in the 1930s... A sad but gripping account.--Ryan Claringbole
While this case may or may not have subconsciously influenced Harper Lee, [the author's father] Foster Beck's story is one worth knowing and full of lessons valuable three quarters of a century later.