Four free, five in prison, on the same evidence: what the nation's press says about the Scottsboro Case Digital History ID 2321|
Credit: Scottsboro Defense Committee and Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries
Media type: book cover
Annotation: Largely regarded as one of the most notorious travesties of justice in U.S. history, the conviction of nine black teenagers sentenced to death in Scottsboro, Alabama drew international attention in the 1930's. Tried and sentenced for the rape of two part-time prostitutes, one of whom later recanted her allegations, all of the boys (save one) were eventually paroled, freed or pardoned. The case would serve as the inspiration for Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird.
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