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The trial in the book To Kill a Mockingbird is very similar to the historical case of the Scottsboro Boys Both cases are about the blacks being wrongfully accused of rape People at this time were very racist The thought of all blacks were liars and all blacks are wrongdoers was a major part of all of these trails A white persons word was automatically more credible than that of a black person This type of thinking played a major role in the outcome of these trials These two trials are almost identical except for a few differences Even a few of the characters in the trails are similar such as Atticus and Judge Horton Tom Robinson and some of the defendants are also comparable and Mayella is like the women in the historical trial The author of the story Harper Lee was only a child at the time of these trails but it had a great influence on her The Scottsboro case left a deep impression on the young Lee who would use it later as the rough basis for the events in To Kill a Mockingbird On March 25 1931 nine young black men were on a train from their hometown of Chattanooga Tennessee Later that day they were forced off the train by police and accused of raping two young white women Ruby Bates and Victoria Price These young men ages 13 to 21 became known as the Scottsboro Boys after the Alabama town where they were tried for the first time The two women were known prostitutes in the area but their stories were believed instead of those of the black men The trial took place twelve days later There was absolutely no proof that these women had been raped but even the accused men knew that if they were accused by white women and tried by a white jury there was no hope for them I was scared before but
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