Saturday, August 15, 2009

BOOKS: Was Atticus Finch Really A Radical?

BOOKS: Was Atticus Finch Really A Radical?: "

Mocking080309 Lots of people love To Kill A Mockingbird, and I'm guessing it's still taught in a lot of classes. 

Here, the book gets the Malcolm Gladwell treatment in the New Yorker (Atticus Finch and Southern liberalism), including some questioning of just how much of a radical Atticus Finch (and the real-life person the character was based on) really were:

“Big Jim did not seek a fundamental shift of political power or a revolution in social mores,” Sims says. Folsom operated out of a sense of noblesse oblige: privileged whites, he believed, ought to “adopt a more humanitarian attitude” toward blacks"


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