My Father & Atticus Finch: A Lawyer’s Fight for Justice in 1930’s Alabama by Joseph Madison Beck is the remarkable true story of the life of the author’s father, Foster Beck. An attorney in Alabama, Beck defended an African-American male named Charles White who was accused of raping a white female in a small town in July of 1938.
I imagine anyone who has read To Kill a Mockingbird will find this book as fascinating as I did. Similarities to the fictional novel abound and I became engrossed in the story to the extent that I read it in entirety last night.
Foster Beck was an extraordinary man with morals, integrity, and conviction. He believed in justice for all and represented Charles White as he would any other man, regardless of the accused’s skin color. To have done so was a great accomplishment in his time. To this day, prejudice pervades not only our courts of law, but every day life. This book provides something for everyone to consider. I think it is excellent.