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The Scottsboro Trial In the Spring of 1931 eight young African American men and boys were hoboing a train to Memphis trying to find work in the Depression-torn South On this ride they were accused of raping two white women who were on the train The young men - from age 13 on up - were put into jail in Scottsboro Alabama to await trial They were ultimately found guilty of rape and were sentenced to death The trial and conviction of the Scottsboro Eight would have all but been forgotten if not for the clemency campaign initiated by the International Labor Defense ILD of the Communist Party a group to which Lucy Parsons dedicated much of her energy The ILDs clemency campaign for the Scottsboro Eight was the first time racism was openly challenged in the United States courts The ILD was able to launch an effective campaign in support of the young men One of the women accusers even recanted her testimony thus dismissing the bulk of the incriminating evidence Eventually the death penalty was dropped for the defendants however it was only a partial victory as they still served lengthy prison sentences for a crime which they did not commit The main victory of the case can be seen on a larger level in terms of how it affected racism in this country The membership of the Ku Klux Klan at a high in the 1920s dipped drastically in the 1930s Also to some extent capital punishment against African Americans was used less frequently than it had been in the past Scottsboro and the ILD helped pave the road for the civil rights movement nearly three decades later and served as an inspiration for activists for generations to come
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