Tom and Scottsboro Boys Comparison

Comparing the Two

In 1931, nine boys were arrested and accused of raping two white women on a train in Alabama. Originally, the boys were supposed to be arresting for fighting with a group of whites on the train. In the book "To Kill a Mockingbird," Tom Robinson was accused of raping a white woman named Mayella.

The two are so similar because both the Scottsboro boys and Tom Robinson didn't rape anyone, and the people were extremely bias, because all of them were blacks. Because of people being bias against these boys, most of them were declared guilty in court.

The cases of the Scottsboro boys and Tom Robinson ended up basically the same. Tom Robinson was found guilty, and so were the Scottsboro boys, even though that the girls who accused the Scottsboro boys of rape came out and announced that they didn't rape anyone. Some of the Scottsboro boys were excused, but the others were executed. The punishment for Tom Robinson being found guilty was also death.

Atticus said to Jem one day, "I'd rather you shoot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."

That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it. "Your father's right," she said, "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird"

What I think that section of the book in To Kill a Mockingbird means, is that it's wrong to kill someone of a different skin color just because they're different looking from other people. They don't do anything bad, and they can do the same things as whites can.

Differences of the Two

The trials of the Scottsboro boys and Tom Robinson are different, because for one, people (communists) actually disagreed with how people were treating the Scottsboro boys, and demanded that they be released. For Tom Robinson, the only people who really supported him was Atticus, Tom Robinson's lawyer.


"What Happened?" section: All from the video guide sheet we filled out when watching the video in class and the To Kill a Mockingbird book

"Differences of the Two" Section: and also from the book