The trial of the Scottsboro boys

by Aretha, David.

Format: Print Book 2007
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Clairton Public Library Young Adult Non-Fiction YA 345.7 A682
Location  Clairton Public Library
Collection  Young Adult Non-Fiction
Call Number  YA 345.7 A682
Dormont Public Library Young Adult Non-Fiction YA 345.761 A3
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Collection  Young Adult Non-Fiction
Call Number  YA 345.761 A3
In 1931, while America was in the grips of the Great Depression, nine young black men fought with a group of white men while hoboing on a train near Scottsboro, Alabama. When police arrived to-arrest them at the train's next stop, the nine knew they were in trouble - but they had no idea just how much. Unbeknownst to them, two women who were also aboard the train told the police that the nine black men had assaulted and raped them. Evidence suggested that there was little truth to this accusation, but local police and citizenry, enraged at the idea of black men violating white women, immediately rounded up and arrested the nine black men, dubbing them the Scottsboro Boys. The Boys were quickly found guilty and sentenced to die in subsequent trials, but the lack of convincing evidence, and the blatant injustice of the rushed trials, outraged people nationwide. Soon the Scottsboro Boys were being fought for by the NAACP, socialists, and even President Franklin Roosevelt. They were all up against a powerful enemy - the deeply corrupt and racist justice system of Jim Crow-era Alabama. The trials and struggles for justice would carry on for years and change the face of justice and civil rights in America. Book jacket.
The train from Chattanooga
Jim Crow "justice"
Death sentence
Communist influence
All the way to the Supreme Court
Judge Horton's skepticism
Bigotry on the bench
Back to the high court
The final trials

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The account of how nine black youths were arrested in Alabama in 1931, falsely accused of raping two white women on a train, and sentenced to death is a horrific story of racism, poverty, and of public, sanctioned cruelty. Part of the Civil Rights series, this volume clearly describes a time when street mobs in the Jim Crow South spoke openly of lynching, while the innocent youths, denied adequate legal defense and due process, were convicted by all-white juries and suffered in prison for years. Aretha details the furor of national and international protest against the trial, and the roles of the NAACP and the Communist ILD, which stood up in the defense of the youths. News photos throughout show the accused, the accusers, and the defenders, including lawyer Samuel Leibovitz. The back matter is excellent; there areĀ full chapter source notes and a bibliography of books, articles, and Web sites. The youth of the accused in this tragic story will bring teen readers to the big issues.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series Civil rights series
Subjects Scottsboro Trial, Scottsboro, Ala., 1931.
Trials (Rape) -- Alabama -- Scottsboro.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History.
Publisher Greensboro, N.C. :Morgan Reynolds Pub.,2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 128 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 121-123) and index.
ISBN 9781599350585 (hbk.)
1599350580 (hbk.)
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