Scout Finch (Mary Badham), 6,and her older brother, Jem (Phillip Alford), live in sleepy Maycomb, Ala., spending much of their time with their friend Dill (John Megna) and spying on their reclusive and mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley (Robert Duvall). When Atticus (Gregory Peck), their widowed father and a respected lawyer, defends a black man named Tom Robinson (Brock Peters) against fabricated rape charges, the trial and tangent events expose the children to evils of racism and stereotyping.
About Fred Zilian: After a 21-year career as an infantry officer in the Army, Fred Zilian, Ph.D., was for 23 years an educator at Portsmouth Abbey School, where he taught history, ethics, and German. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Salve Regina University, Newport, RI, where he teaches history and politics. He is also a commentator for The Hill and The History News Network, and a columnist for the Newport Daily News. He blogs with historical, political, social and cultural commentary at www.zilianblog.com. He lives in Portsmouth with his wife.