Atticus wasn't the only white man to stand up for Tom. Who else spoke out in Tom's behalf?    

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There are several other white people who stick up for Tom Robinson throughout the novel. 

Link Deas—Link Deas is Tom’s employer and stands up in court to tell the judge and jury that he has never had any trouble with Tom.  Link Deas also gives Helen Robinson a job after Tom is killed trying to escape. 

Heck Tate—When Boo Radley kills Bob Ewell, Heck Tate, the sheriff, could have arrested Boo.  Instead, he comments to Atticus that a black man is dead, and the man who caused his death is now dead.  He convinces Atticus that it is an even trade and that it would be a crime to arrest Boo.  This shows that Heck Tate knows that Tom is innocent of the rape of Mayella Ewell.

Mr. Underwood—Mr. Underwood shows his support for Tom Robinson two times in the novel.  The first time is when Mr. Underwood has a shotgun trained on the lynch mob that has come to hang Tom without a fair trial.  This shows he supports Atticus’ conviction to make sure Tom has a fair trial.  In addition, after Tom is shot trying to escape prison, Mr. Underwood writes an editorial in his newspaper denouncing the killing of an innocent, crippled man like Tom.  The editorial also compares Tom to a songbird (mockingbird).

Other white people we can probably assume are on Tom’s side are Dolphus Raymond, Miss Maudie, Jack Finch, and of course, Scout, Jem, and Dill. 

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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