In "To Kill a Mockingbird," Mr. Heck Tate's mob wants to lynch Tom Robinson. Robinson was an African-American man in Alabama accused of raping a young Caucasian woman.
"To Kill a Mockingbird" is a novel by Harper Lee that was released to critical acclaim in 1960. In 1962, a movie with the same name was released starring Gregory Peck. The story touches on the issues of race, and it has stood as a groundbreaking work of fiction that captured the nuances of racial tensions in America for 50 years. In 1961, the novel won the Pulitzer Prize.
The story revolves around a tale of two young siblings, Scout and Jem Finch. As it unfolds, their father, Atticus, is a lawyer defending an African-American man in the South. The racially charged atmosphere of the court room is a reflection of the town at large, and the children come of age as the events unfold.
The book reflected a part of American culture that was often overlooked, and it became an instant classic. It is taught in classrooms across the country, and it is used as an example for how an American classic is defined. Harper Lee was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007 by President George W. Bush for her contributions to literature and the American culture.