The story takes place in the early 1930s, a time of economic depression, in Alabama. The story focuses on social injustice based on racial hatred of negroes, and an honorable man (Finch). The character of the character of Atticus Finch is so good, that he is an impetus for people to become lawyers (well a certain type of lawyer).
In 1963, four Ku Klux clansmen dynamited a black church, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham Alabama. Four girls were killed, and more than twenty people injured. One killer was tried and convicted in 1977.
In 1997, Bill Clinton nominated Doug Jones [not the relief pitcher] for U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. In 2000 Jones was deputised to be able to try the two living klansmen bombers. They were found guilty.
Doug Jones is the Democratic candidate for United States senator for Alabama. The election is next month. The Republican candidate is former judge Roy Moore. Roy Moore has been twice removed from Alabama's supreme court. Campaigning for senator, Moore pulled out and waived a snub nose revolver. It has come to light, that Moore has had a penchant for under age teen age girls. He had been banned from the Gadsen Mall for such behaviour. Alabama is now an overwhelming Republican state. Very few white people in Alabama vote for Democrats. A majority of these voters claim to be evangelical christians, and Moore has campaigned (and made money) on his stated moral foundations. Recently, more than fifty such clergymen have signed a letter of support for Roy Moore.