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Five reasons "To Kill a Mockingbird" still matters in 2015

On Tuesday, Harper Lee takes the pressure off of George R. R. Martin when her second novel, "Go Set a Watchman" is released, 55 years after the publication of "To Kill a Mockingbird." The latter has been read in many high school English classes for decades. Experts say it's still relevant today.

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  1. 1. The book is incredibly well-regarded, even after all this time.
  2. 2. The film adaptation, starring Gregory Peck, is still adored by both critics and audiences. The Oscar-winner has both critical and audience approval ratings above 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
  3. 3. People loved the story so much that they named their kids "Scout" and "Atticus" because of it.
  4. 4. Atticus Finch standing up for what was right -- even if he himself had mixed emotions about African-Americans -- inspired countless idealistic young people to become lawyers themselves.
  5. 5. Race relations in America might be better than they were in 1960, but we still live in a world where Dylann Roof reportedly killed nine people in Charleston because "black men rape white women." That's the same crime that Mockingbird's defendant, Tom Robinson, is accused of.
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