The Trials Of The Scottsboro Boys

Compare to the book "To Kill a Mockingbird"

The Trial

The Scottsboro Boys Trial is a trial happpend during the 1930s when the Great Depression is here, it was one of the famous or infamous court cases in America history. The trial is about two white women who claim that the nine black men, known as "The Scottsboro Boys" has rape them in an open railroad car, and the trial lasted for a long time and finally reach its result after a few trial.

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The Scottsboro boys is on trial because two white women claim that the Scottsboro boys raped them. The Scottsboro never actually commited the crime, because they were trying to defense themself by giving prove that they cannot raped the two white women. The article state: "The accused claimed that they had not even been in the same car with the women, and the defense attorneys also argued that one of the accused was blind and another too sickly to walk unassisted and thus could not have committed such a violent crime." (Drust) The quote explain how the Scottsboro boys try to defend them-self.

Picture of the Scottsboro boys

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The reaction

The Alabama and the jury's reaction toward the trial, is that they all think they were guilty, no one ever believe them truly. The article state"Guilty verdicts in the first trial were announced while the second trial was underway. The large crowd outside the courthouse let out a roar of approval that was clearly heard by the second jury inside."(Linder) The quote tell that the jury and the people from Alabama all think the boys were guilty.

The similarities and the diffrences

The trial is similar to Tom Robinson's trial because the white women all claim that the black men raped them. The article state " upon leaving the train, the two women immediately accused the African-American men of raping them in an open railroad car..."(Drust) The book state "..Mr.Ewell came in, very excited he was, and said get out to his house quick, some nigger'd raped his girl." The quote explain the similarities. The diffrences is that the Scottsboro boys got excluded from the trial at last but Tom Robinson was found guilty. The article state "Finally, on April 1, 1935, the United States Supreme Court reversed the convictions of Patterson and Norris on the grounds that qualified African-Americans had been systematically excluded from all juries in Alabama, and that they had been specifically excluded in this case."(Drust) The book state "Judge Taylor was polling the jury: "Guilty...guilty...guilty...guilty" "(Lee p.282) The quote above explain the differences.


The trial of the Scottsboro and the trial of Tom Robinson is both a painful history that show how the colored men is still not truly free during the 1930s and how unfair life could be for a colored men. Even though the Scottsboro might have excluded from the trial, but nothing is the same for them anymore, and so was for Tom Robinson.