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The Scottsboro Boys

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Kristen Longtine

on 6 December 2012

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By: Kristen Longtine, Shelby Jeffrey, Paige Minton, and Melissa Machusko The Scottsboro Boys Who were the Scottsboro Boys & How did they get into so much trouble? The Scottsboro Boys were a group of nine young African Americans. The group consisted of Charles Weems, Clarence Norris, Andy Wright, Ozie Powell,Olen Montgomery, Eugene Williams, Willie Roberson, Roy Wright, & Haywood Patterson. The Scottsboro Boys were accused of raping two young white women, Victoria Price & Ruby Bates on a Railroad freight run, which was running from Chattanooga to Memphis on March 25,1931. In 1931 rape was punishable by death. These boys had a great deal of trouble coming. April 6th,in Scottsboro Alabama, is where the original trial took place. Their trial took place in the Deep South, prone to racism and hatred toward African Americans, and their jury was all white. The boys had all odds against them. Where & When did the Scottsboro boys original trial take place? How did this affect the outcome of their trial? NAACP: National Association of the Advancement
of Colored People. The NAACP didn't want to help the boys because rape was an explosive charge in the south. The NAACP was concerned about the damage to the group's effectiveness that might happen if any of the boys come out guilty. What does NAACP stand for? Why did they ( NAACP) not help the Scottsboro Boys? The Communist Party saw the case as a great recruiting tool among southern blacks & northern liberals. The south did not favor the Communist Party in any way. Through the Communist Party's legal arm, ILD, they said the case against the boys was "murderous frame-up", they ended up successful and became the boys attorney. The Scottsboro Boys sat with the Communists during their trails. How did the South perceive the Communist Party? How was it similar to the perception of blacks? What was the Communist Party 's hidden agenda in providing aid to the Scottsboro Boys? http://teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=33899 Ways the Defense Lawyers were Inadequate Scottsboro Trails Were the Scottsboro Boys ever pardoned of their convictions? The Scottsboro Boys The defense offered only the defendants themselves as witnesses
The defenses' testimony were long- winded, sometimes illogical, and had obvious misstatements
No closing argument was given by the defense lawyers
One lawyer wasn't even familiar with Alabama law
Lawyers weren't given time to examine the case or learn some Alabama law Fair or Unfair? There was no physical evidence of rape on either of the girls
The jury was all white and held in the Deep South
The two woman who were the "victims" were crossing state lines for immoral purposes & didn't get in trouble
Bates, one of the women, admitted there was no rape
The witnesses never admitted to a rape occurring

Verdict: Unfair The Scottsboro Boys were all charged with rape & were charged with the death penalty. None of the boys died due to the death penalty, some men escaped, were released early,or given life in prison instead of the death penalty. So technically the boys were pardoned of the death penalty, but majority spent a great deal of their life in a prison cell. Some later returned to jail, for crimes committed after they were released.
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