To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)Read about the other entries on the list.
Harper Lee’s classic of American literature is often thought of as a courtroom drama because of Gregory Peck’s performance as idealistic lawyer Atticus Finch. In fact, in the novel, the trial of Tom Robinson does not begin until over halfway and takes no more than a few pages. Lee’s portrayal of endemic racism in the deep south of the 1930s uses the courtroom setting to expose not an individual crime but the ills of society as a whole. Prejudice based on skin colour is what is really on trial, with the jurors and witnesses as guilty parties, and Tom, as the man in the dock, not perpetrator but victim.
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