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Civil rights

2008

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Civil Rights and Discrimination

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To Kill A Mockingbird Perspectives, Sherrilyn A. Ifill Jan 2008

To Kill A Mockingbird Perspectives, Sherrilyn A. Ifill

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"To Kill a Mockingbird" is one of the most influential and widely acclaimed legal novels in American history. It tells the story of a small-town white lawyer who is appointed to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman in 1930s Alabama. The lawyer, Atticus Finch, is one of the great legal heroes of American fiction. The story, told from the perspective of Atticus' daughter Scout, explores race, class, gender, family and law. Most of all it is a both critical and loving account of the white South. This article is a personal story about the influence of ...