Scottsboro boys

By: Moanis Akhter and Jose Gonzalez

How the case began

"The infamous case began with a tussle among a few dozen young hobos riding a freight train through rural Alabama on March 25, 1931. Two white women aboard the train accused nine black teens of rape. "

Miller, James A., Susan D. Pennybacker, and Eve Rosenhaft. "Mother Ada Wright And The International Campaign To Free The Scottsboro Boys, 1931-1934." American Historical Review 106.2 (2001): 387-430. Academic Search Complete. Web. 8 Apr. 2013.


How they were convicted

"The National Guard was dispatched to prevent mob violence.

Five days later, on March 30, an all-white grand jury was convened."
Broache, Anne. "Portrait Of Injustice." Smithsonian 36.4 (2005): 37-38. Academic Search Complete. Web. 8 Apr. 2013.

Some information on the other factors

"The voters had rejected the three justices up for a retention vote: David Baker, Michael Streit and Chief Justice Marsha Ternus."Curriden, Mark. “"The Saga Of The Scottsboro Boys Begins." ABA Journal 99.3 (2013): 72. Academic Search Complete. Web. 8 Apr. 2013.”

their verdict

The result is that, in many jurisdictions, judges, whose professional obligation is to adhere to the law, must also weigh the political consequences of their decisions.

Curriden, Mark. “"The Saga Of The Scottsboro Boys Begins." ABA Journal 99.3 (2013): 72. Academic Search Complete. Web. 8 Apr. 2013.”


what influence it had

It was one of those events that started the civil rights movement it made people realize that they had to stand up for their rights".In 1931 nine black youths were indicted at Scottsboro, Ala., on charges of having raped two white women in a freight car passing through Alabama. In a series of trials the youths were found guilty and sentenced to death or to prison terms of 75 to 99 years."

"Scottsboro Case." Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2013): 1. Academic Search Complete. Web. 16 Apr. 2013.


Unfair trial

the scottsboro boys did not deserve to be in jail for so long they werent even given a fair trial they were brought to an all white jury