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In 1960 Harper Lees To Kill a Mockingbird was first published The book was published in the middle of the civil rights movement Jones 53 The novel has been admired by many since it was first written and it is a story that deals with racism in the 1930s Diane Telgen said the following about the novel Lees story of the events surrounding the trial has been admired for its portrayal of Southern Life during the 1930s not only for its piercing examination of the causes and effects of racism but because it created a model of tolerance and courage in the character of Atticus Finch Telgen 285 one of the main characters in To Kill a Mockingbird Claudia Durst Johnson had the following to say about the novel To Kill a Mockingbird presents the argument that the forces that motivate society are not constant with the democratic ideals embedded in its legal system Johnson The Secret Courts of Mens Hearts 129 She is saying that the novel allows people to go against what is usually done and what is not perceived by the public to be necessarily right The novel is also about how Atticus Finch raises his children Jem and Scout They learn how to fight prejudice and dignity by watching their father Atticus Telgen 285 They are raised properly because Atticus Finch is a gentleman in the way he acts to his family and to the people of his community He is not afraid to stand up for what is right even if his opinion is opposed by the community he represents in the Alabama State Legislature Telgen 290Atticus Finch is a man who is respected by almost every resident of Maycomb County Alabama Atticus character was inspired by Harper Lees father who happened to be a lawyer Montgomery 1 The Finch family was one of Maycomb countys oldest families Atticus is related by blood or marriage to nearly
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