Tkam and the Scottsboro Case

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The Scottsboro Case is known to many. It is a significant case involving racism, lynching, segregation, and the Jim Crow laws. The case started on March 25, 1931, when two white women accused nine black men of rape while on a train headed to Jackson County, Alabama. The trial lasted years and ended with an unconstitutional verdict of guilty against the defendants. “Scottsboro captured South’s racism and the disturbance of the Great Depression.” (Scottsboro Trials). The Scottsboro Trials and Tom Robinson’s trial in the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee have many similarities. With the similarities there are differences too. The stories that the people involved tell is one. In the case of the Scottsboro trial, Victoria Price and Ruby Bates testified that they were traveling on a train and were raped by the nine black men whose ages ranged from thirteen to twenty years old. When Price when questioned about false accusation she argued, "I didn't lie in Scottsboro. I didn't lie in Decatur and I ain't lied here. I've told the truth all the way through and I'm a' gonna go on fighting 'til my dying day or 'til justice is done." (Scottsboro Case). Mayella Ewell testimony was considerably different. She claimed that Tom Robinson was helping her with chores. She went inside to get money to pay him and that was when he raped her. Another difference was the number of people involved. In the novel, there was one accuser in about her early twenties, Mayella Ewell, and one defendant married with children, Mr. Tom Robinson. In the Scottsboro case, there were two plaintiffs, one in the late twenties and the other a minor, Victoria Price and Ruby Bates, and nine black men- Roy Wright, Eugene Williams, Ozie Powell, Olen Montgomery, Willie Roberson, Haywood Patterson, Andy Wright, Clarence Norris, and Charles Weems- who were the alleged assailants.

To begin, the trials have numerous resemblances, such as the time period...
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