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What Go Set a Watchman says about America’s race problem

Whether Lee intended it to be published or not, her novel sends a message America needs to hear

By Diane Roberts  

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This is an updated version of a review originally published on July 16th, 2015

Harper Lee has broken our hearts. For more than half a century, Atticus Finch has been everyone’s hero, a white man who puts his reputation, even his life, on the line, defending a black man and facing down a lynch mob in the Jim Crow south. The Atticus we’ve always…

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