The novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, takes place during the 1930’s in Maycomb County, Alabama. Atticus Finch, a white southern lawyer, is appointed to defend Tom Robinson, an innocent black man accused of raping a white woman. Throughout the story Atticus’ children learn the meaning of true courage. Although Atticus proves Tom’s innocence, the prejudice white jury’s verdict is that Tom is guilty. The assumed black characteristics of immorality, dishonesty,
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content of their character.” (“I Have A Dream,” M.L. King). Tom Robinson was truly judged by the color of his skin and lost his life because of it. Prejudice is a issue that our society still faces today and has caused many a lot of pain. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Lee refuted all of the prejudices that whites had toward blacks by showing that they did not fit the ”stereotype” of the time.