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From Scottsboro to Maycomb
Transcript of From Scottsboro to Maycomb
In the Scottsboro trials Ruby Bates and Victoria Price claim that they have been raped (Scottsboro). It is specualted that they did this because no matter how low somebody is, and these girls were very low, if they are black and harmed by whites, then they automatically become respectable white people (Scottsboro). Bates and Price were both hopping on the train just like the blacks and decided it would be a good idea to fake being raped (Scottsboro). In Mayella Ewell's case Tom was walking past her house to get to his which was close by when Mayella became so trashy that she was willing to invite in a black man and try to sleep with him. These last two similarities is where it really starts to matter. These respectable black men who were falsely accused of rape where all treated to juries consisting of all white men (Scottsboro, Lee). In the 1930s in Alabama a black man stood no chance at getting an innocent verdict if the jury consist of nothing but white people. This is just the beginning of the unjustness. When the verdicts were returned as guilty, no one could believe their ears in either case. The defendents had so much evidence corroborating their stories while the accusers only had the testimonies of the alledged raped (Scottsboro/Mockingbird). If these men were white then they would have been of scotch free. By this time Lee had realized that the blacks getting convicted of these crimes was completely unjust. This unjustness is what drove her to write her novel. She wanted to get the idea of unjustness out there and a novel seemed like the best idea. SHe had probably noticed things unjust outside of the case, but the case provided a plot-line that most people can follow and allowed her to publish her thoughts. accused rapist Bibliography
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Scottboro: An American Tragedy. Dir Barak Goodman Prod.
Daniel Ahker. WGBH Educational Foundation 2001. DVD In conclusion... In all of Harper Lee's innocence, she was able to see how unfair whites were to blacks. Not only in the case of the Scottsboro boys, but in the way they were treated in general. Even though most of the people around her were very racist and did not believe that black people were worth as much as white people. Lee did not think that this was right. She thought that everyone needed to know about this injustice, especially with the Cival Rights movement going full force, and this was why she decided to write To Kill a Mockingbird. She decided that since her views were influenced by the trials, her novel should be too.