Nine Scottsboro Boys Essay

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In the 1930s, African American men were believed to have strong sexual desires towards white women so extreme that they couldn’t even control themselves, that whenever they saw white women they would rape them right then and there. The Tragedy of the nine Scottsboro Boys was rumored as “Negros are going to beat up the whites”. When the train got to Jackson County on March 25, 1931, dozens of armed white men rounded up with ropes and weapons in order to beat the nine black youths, and during the time of this chaos, two white women raised their voices, claiming that they had been raped by the nine scottsborro boys. At that time in Alabama, whenever black people saw a group of white men, they feared and knew they were in a lot of trouble due to the fact that Alabama was one of the most aggressive and violent states towards African Americans.…show more content…
Even though Leibowitz realized the unfairness within the trial of Scottosboro case, Wright kept his onslaught. By arguing that Ruby Bates’ statement about the jury of her trip in New York City wasn’t understandable since some parts were explained in the Jew Language, he kept consequent comments for denying Leibowitz’s motion for a mistrial. Even he said that because he had been prosecuting cases in the Alabama court for long enough to know that he could use sectionalism in the court. People from outside of the region reacted different ways, such as NAACP and the I.L.D, Internaitonal Labor Defense. Sectionalism of south that was structured by the South’s regional culture definitely made this Scottsboro case to be a tragedy.
4. What What role did the Great Depression play in the case of the Scottsboro Boys?
a. Who were Victoria Price and Ruby Bates? How did the socio-economic background of the accusers shape the events of the case?
b. How did the socio-economic background of the defendants shape the events of the
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