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The Scottsboro Trials

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Thesis The verdicts of the multiple trials, and the actions taken to try to convict the nine black men, indicated that racial discrimination influenced the false accusation of the boys. The judge and jury were manipulated to unfairly declare the men guilty The entire jury was specifically chosen as whites (had it been mixed races there would have not been as much racist power over the trial) (Andy Wright) The Boys The trial participants were not given proper justice or rights. The media and outside interferences made the trial even more likely to turn on the boys. Background Information The Scottsboro boys were
nine black teenagers accused
of the rape of two white girls, on a train that was on its way to Chattanooga, Tennessee The boys were not allowed the freedom of speech during the trial The two woman victims had little to no say in the trials, because after the story was made up, nobody cared what they had to say, and people spoke for them The Story Haywood Patterson Charles Weems Charles Norris Andy Wright The civil war officially ended april 7th 1865. In that time slavery was abolished and blacks were given equal rights, although, they were still treated with extreme disrespect and violence. Olen Montgomery Ozzie Powell Eugene Williams Willie Roberson Roy Wright nobody w Many newspapers claimed that the two women had said they had been attacked, or protested the innocence of the boys nobody will see me! The Scottsboro Trials During the first night of the trials, 3 of the boys were taken from their jail cell, and after getting beaten, were told to plead guilty in front of the jury. (March 25, 1931) The judge was biased against
the Scottsboro boys because of their skin color and he would not listen to what they had to say As indicated by the evidence, the judge and jury were racially biased and unfairly chosen in disadvantage to the boys case. (Threw out the case, was not re-elected) The boys were organized into separate trials, so that they could not create a solid story (Ruby Bates and Victoria Price) "History, sacred and profane, and the common experience of mankind teach us that women of the character shown in this case are prone for selfish reasons to make false accusations both of rape and of insult upon the slightest provocation or even without provocation for ulterior purposes." "I was framed in Scottsboro" (Andy Wright) As previously stated, and as the evidence supports, the boys did not receive proper rights and privileges while testifying in the courtrooms due to their skin color. As indicated by the evidence, influencing of the judge's verdict and the trial participant's pleading's, were manipulated by interferences such as newspapers, and the beatings of the boys to intimidate them to plead guilty In conclusion the judge and jury used racial discrimination to convict the nine Scottsboro boys. The judge and jury were manipulated to go against the boys. The boys were not allowed proper freedoms in the courtrooms. The newspapers and outside world were conspiring against the nine teenagers. All this happened so the Scottsboro boys would be found guilty, they were treated like this because they were black "I was sitting in a chair and one of those girls was testifying. One of the deputy sheriffs leaned over to me and asked if I was going to turn state's evidence, and I said no, because I didn't know anything about this case. Then the trial stopped awile and the deputy sheriff beckoned to me to come out into another room-- the room back of the place where the judge was sitting-- and I went. They whipped me and it seemed like they were going to kill me. All the time they kept saying, "Now will you tell?" and finally it seemed to me like I couldn't stand it no more and I said yes." (was the only boy who was not sentenced to death) "Scottsboro Boys case." American History. ABC-CLIO, 2012. Web. 20 Sept. 2012


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