Scottsboro Boys

The Scottsboro Boys Trials that took place in Alabama from 1931 to 1937 falsely indicted nine black youths of raping two white women. Conflicting evidence, allegations of racism in the courts, and general belief of the boys’ innocence eventually led to the release of some of the group, while the rest were later paroled or escaped and were eventually pardoned. The trials marked a significant example of what was considered the continuing legacy of racism and legal injustice in the American South. On March 25, 1931, a group of young white and black men illegally riding a freight train along the Tennessee-Alabama border began fighting one another. While the train passed over the Alabama state line, the conflict culminated in...

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