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Stories of Scottsboro By James E Goodman New York Vintage Books c1994 pp 274 1600 Currently in the United States of America there is a wave a patriotism sweeping across this great land a feeling of pride in being an American and in being able to call this nation home The United States is the land of the free and the home of the brave however for the African-American citizens of the United States from the inception of this country to midway through the twentieth century there was no such thing as freedom especially in the Deep South Nowhere is that more evident than in Stories of Scottsboro an account of the Scottsboro trials of 1931-1937 where nine African-American teenage boys were falsely accused of raping two white girls in Scottsboro Alabama and no matter how much proof was brought forth proving there innocence they were always guilty This was a period of racism and bigotry in our country that is deeply and vividly portrayed though different points of view through author James E Goodman On March 25 1931 nine African American youths were falsely accused and wrongfully imprisoned for the rape of two white girls Over the next six consecutive years trials were held to attempt to prove the innocence of these nine young men The court battles ranged from the US Supreme court to the Scottsboro county court with almost every decision the same---guilty Finally with the proceedings draining Alabama financially and politically four of the boys had the charges against them dropped with one boy plea-bargaining and the other four having to serve out their sentences given to them already by the court Only one of the nine innocent Scottsboro boys was ever pardoned Over time the Scottsboro boys grew from boys to men and with the progression of their age so to do the attitudes of this country toward racism Granted there are still bigots and racist in the
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