It is amazing how many similarities there are between the Scottsboro Boys Trial and the
novel: To Kill a Mockingbird. In this short yet informing paper I plan to introduce you to the
Scottsboro Boys Trial and how the author of To Kill a Mockingbird shows many of the conflicts
and other similarities in her novel.
The first similarity to explore would be that just like Tom Robinson in the novel, the
Scottsboro Boys were also falsely accused of raping a white woman. First of all, in both the
novel and the trial the African Americans were accused of rape. With all the overwhelming
evidence provided by Atticus the suspect, Tom Robinson, was still found guilty, same as the
Scottsboro Boys simply because the crime was rape. It is obvious both in the novel and in the
trial that the woman who claimed to be raped was being untruthful since they were unsure and
constantly contradicting themselves.
Another thing that is shared by the trial and the novel is that they both showed how
prejudiced the southern whites were toward the African American community. Both
juries, the one in To Kill a Mockingbird and the one from the actual case of the Scottsboro boys, found
the suspects guilty despite clear evidence of the contrary. It was even seen that the Scottsboro jury
came out of the jury room laughing! The prejudice is even more clear when the reason why these
innocent blacks were framed. The reason that Tom Robinson from the novel was framed is because
Mayella actually propositioned Tom and was caught by her father, and the only way to cover her shame
and guilt was to accuse Tom of rape. In the Scottsboro trial the reason for framing the African American
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kids of rape was because they had gotten into a fight with a group of the town’s white kids.
Though the novel and trial may seem nearly identical there are also... [continues]
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