Chapter 23
What does Atticus mean when he says if Jem and eleven other boys had been on the jury, Tom would have been acquitted?

Atticus believes that Jem has the decency to see past skin colour and outer appearances and is able to judge, based on the facts. He is similar to Atticus in many ways, including his belief that a man should be judged by the evidence that is put forth in front of the court. Jem is still quite naive, saying that jury's be thrown out all together, but Atticus tells him that it would be better to change the law, rather than get rid of the jury. Harper Lee is trying to say through Atticus, that Jem's generation may be the turning point in the fight against racial discrimination. Even though the older generation will not change, he belives that through the younger generations, change will come.

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