The Scottsboro Boys Tr...
The Scottsboro Boys Trial: A Primary Source Account
This book uses primary source documents to show the background of hoboing and riding the rails during the Depression in America and how this culture led to the false arrest of black teenagers for the rape of two white women on the train. The use of court transcripts brings to life the many trials and retrials of the boys, the verdicts, the message these verdicts carried, a...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Rosen Publishing Group
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Great overview of what happened during 1931 in Alabama with the lives of 9 young men. The boys were arrested for the rape of 2 white girls when they were on a train by Memphis to Alabama. The boys are riding the train to find work anywhere, when a white teen steps on the hand of a black teen, Haywood Patterson. The white boy refuses to apologize and a fight begins. The black gang outnumbers the white group and is forced off the train. 40 miles later the train stops outside Scottsboro, AL and all...more
Jun 08, 2012 Angela rated it 2 of 5 stars
Though this book does provide an accessible medium for students to learn about the many injustices of this case, I wasn't impressed with the writing, the flow of the story as it was laid out, or the so-called "primary source" value of the text. Probably good for lower-level readers who need an easier text but who can handle the mature content.