My Father And Atticus Finch by Joseph Madison  BeckMy Father And Atticus Finch by Joseph Madison  Beck

My Father And Atticus Finch

byJoseph Madison  Beck

Hardcover | July 5, 2016

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As a child, Joseph Beck heard the stories—when other lawyers came up with excuses, his father courageously defended a black man charged with raping a white woman.

Now a lawyer himself, Beck reconstructs his father's role in State of Alabama vs. Charles White, Alias, a trial that was much publicized when Harper Lee was twelve years old.

On the day of Foster Beck’s client’s arrest, the leading local newspaper reported, under a page-one headline, that "a wandering negro fortune teller giving the name Charles White" had "volunteered a detailed confession of the attack" of a local white girl. However, Foster Beck concluded that the confession was coerced. The same article claimed that "the negro accomplished his dastardly purpose," but as in To Kill a Mockingbird, there was evidence at the trial to the contrary. Throughout the proceedings, the defendant had to be escorted from the courthouse to a distant prison “for safekeeping,” and the courthouse itself was surrounded by a detachment of sixteen Alabama highway patrolmen.

The saga captivated the community with its dramatic testimonies and emotional outcome. It would take an immense toll on those involved, including Foster Beck, who worried that his reputation had cast a shadow over his lively, intelligent, and supportive fiancé, Bertha, who had her own social battles to fight.

This riveting memoir, steeped in time and place, seeks to understand how race relations, class, and the memory of southern defeat in the Civil War produced such a haunting distortion of justice, and how it may figure into our literary imagination.

Joseph Madison Beck is an Atlanta attorney. He also teaches at Emory Law School and has lectured at universities throughout the United States and abroad.
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Title:My Father And Atticus FinchFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.7 × 0.9 inPublished:July 5, 2016Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393285820

ISBN - 13:9780393285826

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It is organized and written so effectively, with insider narratives and therapy transcripts as driving forces, that the structure is almost invisible, and the reader is pretty much swept along by the content—which is well worth engaging with. . . . [T]he book is a fresh and inspiring start for this new approach. Full of different voices and creativities, in practice as well as in therapy, it gives hope. — Martin Luther King IIIIn My Father and Atticus Finch, Joseph Madison Beck has summoned the ghosts of 1930s Alabama to tell a true courtroom tale of immense honor and complexity. An ode to an enlightened man among the ignorant, and an urgent diagnosis of how racial loathing ruins lives and makes mute the laws meant to protect them, the story of Beck’s father is not only an uncanny precedent to To Kill a Mockingbird but a stellar achievement in its own right. — William Giraldi, author of Busy Monsters and Hold the DarkThis is a powerful book, written in extremely strong language reflecting the strong feelings of its authors. . . . [A]n absolute must-have for anyone working to help sufferers from these killing disorders. — Seth Kantner (Minneapolis Star Tribune)As a lawyer himself, author Beck lays out the circumstances of the case with gripping, almost cinematic detail… [F]ascinating. — Bridget Thoreson (Booklist)Biting the Hand that Starves You breaks new ground by presenting in their own words, the hard-won knowledge of people who have taken their lives back from anorexia and bulimia. The authors invite us—those struggling with anorexia and bulimia as well as the therapists working with them—into a different way of thinking in which therapists and clients can join together against anorexia and bulimia. The therapy transcripts are inspiring and compelling. The chapter on how parents can become allies in the fight against anorexia and bulimia is one that I intend to rely on in my work—not only to instill hope, but to offer pragmatic, effective possibilities. Thank you Rick Maisel, David Epston, and Ali Borden for this amazing labor of love. — KirkusThis important work captures the nature of the violent, profoundly personal dialogue between anorexia/bulimia and the men and women who have to contend with it. Biting the Hand that Starves You will be of great interest to both the professional and the layperson, written as it is in a highly intelligent but clear fashion, free of the stylistic murkiness that often clouds important works of research. By applying the highly effective methods of narrative therapy, the authors emphasize the very real potential for effective treatment of these devastating problems. This book offers not only welcome hope to those frustrated with the current state of ‘eating disorder’ treatment but it also provides a lifeline of language to those who are trapped in the terrible silence of anorexia/bulimia. — Ryan Claringbole (Library Journal)[A]fter over 20 years of battling with anorexia/bulimia, I have found something that speaks my language. . . . I have been asked over the years (and have often asked myself) what is it going to take to get out of this torture. I never really attempted answering this question until we finally got the book. — Shelf Awareness