Scottsboro Boys In The 1930's

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History is full of events that often have a major impact on the future and become a stepping stone for further generations. Such events have the ability to sweep the floors upon which we walk all over or hover over one like a blanket, in which one is forced to embrace. Be that as it may, one can carry this incident in victory or great shame making the biggest difference in life. The notorious Scottsboro Case is the incident where nine African American teenagers were accused of rape by white women in Alabama resulting in a widespread public anger, ignited universal racism and prejudice. Famous authors often use such events to express what they see throughout communities and the world, in which they live in, and present their opinions on the …show more content…
Historians define the Great Depression to be the longest-lasting economic downturn of the Western industrialized world. Over a great time period there were an estimate of 15 million American unemployed and half of the country 's banked had failed. This deprecate time in American history went on to set the tone for both the Scottsboro and Robinson case. In addition to the setting, the culprits were of the same race and gender; African American men. Tom, as well as the Scottsboro boys, were men belonging to the minority who were disliked and hated just because of their skin color. Furthermore, these men of color where disabled, Scottsboro boys- youngest being 12, one disabled and the other nearly blind, Tom Robinson- crippled, “His left arm was fully twelve inches shorter than his right, and hung dead at his side. It ended in a small shriveled hand...He got it caught in a cotton gin, caught it in Mr. Dolphin Raymond 's cotton gin when he was a boy....like to bled to death....tore all the muscles loose from his bones”(). In addition, being black during this time period meant one was illiterate which was the biggest disability of all to mankind. Difference between these wrongly convicted men would be the number of culprits associated with the crime: nine Scottsboro boys verses Tom Robinson. Additionally, the alleged rapes took place in completely discrete scenes. The Scottsboro case accusations took place on a freight train heading south to Alabama while Mayella accused Tom in the discomfort of her own home. As characteristics from each trial are compared, readers slowly start to see a connection between the individual

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