Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee And Scottsboro Boys Trials Essay

1067 Words Dec 12th, 2014 5 Pages
Racism in the 1930’s was at its peak in its intensity, and in a courtroom, it was bound to affect the final verdict whether the accused was Black or white. Whites were favored and Blacks were usually the ones blamed for actions of white people, and this is what happened in both, Tom Robinson’s case in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and The Scottsboro Boys trials. To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel meant to represent The Scottsboro Boys case in a way that young adults can easily understand. The judges and lawyers of both cases were similar because they all oversaw a case that they knew had very little chance of winning, and their alleged victims are comparable as well.

Both trials took place in the 1930’s. In the Scottsboro Boys case, nine young Black boys accused of allegedly raping two young white females. The girls, Victoria Price and Ruby Bates, were hoboing in a freight train traveling through Alabama. The nine Blacks were accused of starting a riot between them and six white men, also on the freight train, and with fear of getting hurt, the white men jumped off. Later, the two girls were found and in later investigation it was discovered that they had sexual intercourse with them. Frightened, and with fear of getting in trouble, they decided to accuse the Black boys of raping them. In To Kill a Mockingbird, a young white girl, Mayella Ewell accuses Black man Tom Robinson of raping her.

Judge Taylor and Judge Horton are quite comparable. Judge Taylor was…

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