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Scottsboro Trials

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Scottsboro Trials

Works Cited
1) InfoPlease. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Oct. 2013. <http://


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3)Wormser, Richard. "The Scottsboro Case (1931)." PBS.

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Media Source:
4) Klarman, Michael J. SCOTTSBORO. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print. Vol. 93 of Marquette Law
Review. p379-432. 54p.

Who Was Involved
"A fight broke out between a group of black and white hobos, and the whites were thrown off the train."

Source: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jimcrow/stories_events_scotts.html
"The belief that the case against the "Scottsboro boys" was unproved and that the verdicts were the result of racism caused 1930s liberals and radicals to come to the defense of the youths."

Source: http://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/history/scottsboro-case.html

What Happened:
The names of the nine Scottsboro Boys were Charles Weems, Clarence Norris, Andy Wright, Ozie Powell, Olen Montgomery, Eugene Williams , Willie Roberson , Roy Wright , and Haywood Patterson.

Source: http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/FTrials/scottsboro/SB_acct.html
The Scottsboro Boys were mostly teenagers (with the exception of one) whose ages ranged from 12 to 19.
Source: http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/FTrials/scottsboro/SB_acct.html
The Scottsboro Boys went through many series of trials: the final one ending in 1937. There were a total of four trials held.
What happened to them:
At first, all but one of the boys had been sentenced to death. 5 of the boys had their charges dropped, 3 were paroled, and 1 was pardoned after he had broken his parole.
How the Scottsboro Trials Affected America
It affected America by helping spark ideas of racial movement and equality in the federal court system. The constitution bans double jeopardy and these boys were tried for a total of 4 times.
When the Police Arrived:
When the police came to take away the nine Negroes, they found out there was two women aboard.
After the Women Had Been Discovered:
Without any evidence, the nine Negroes were charged of raping the women.
The accusations were made on March 15, 1931, and the first hearing was held on March 30, 1931.
The final hearing was in 1937.

Source: http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/FTrials/scottsboro/SB_acct.html
The fights occurred aboard a train on the southern railroad.

Source: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jimcrow/stories_events_scotts.html
In the 1930's, black people were strongly discriminated against. Black people were constantly being charged of crimes they did not commit, just because of their race. This is why these black boys were unfairly accused of raping two white women.
Background Info.
A group of white and black men were traveling on a train, both groups were looking for a job. Suddenly, a fight broke out between the two groups.
Source: http://bluespeople271.blogspot.com/2012/12/student-presentation-12-gade-on.html
Source: http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/scottsboro/sb_acct.html
Main Point:
Discrimination played a big part in the arrests of the Scottsboro Boys. Their race was the only reason they were unfairly charged.
Source: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jimcrow/stories_events_scotts.html
Source: http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/scottsboro/scottsb.htm
Source: http://www.southernspaces.org/2011/rights-still-being-righted-scottsboro-eighty-years-later
Summary Video
Source: youtube.com
Source: Marquette Law Review. Winter2009, Vol. 93 Issue 2, p379-432. 54p.
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