James Haskins The Scottsboro Boys

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The Scottsboro Boys

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Gr. 6-10. It's a grim story of racism and fierce injustice, and Haskins tells it directly: how nine young men and boys were falsely accused and convicted of raping two white women on a train in Scottsboro, Alabama, in 1931; how the judge, the jury system, and the public feeling in the Jim Crow South prevented the youths from getting any kind of fair trial, so that they spent years in jail and their lives were destroyed. Haskins also discusses the tug and pull among the youths' defenders--from the NAACP to the Communists to the liberal lawyers--in the years of trials and mistrials. The writing style is sometimes pedestrian, and the names of all the people aren't easy to keep straight, but direct quotes are documented by chapter at the back of the book. There was vicious stereotyping by even the prosecutor and the judge (the accused were called "vile despoilers of our precious white women"; the defense lawyer Leibowitz was a representative of "Jew money from New York"), and the book is a shocking reminder of how bigotry can subvert justice. Hazel Rochman

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