Essay on The Scottsboro Trials, By Harper Lee

1319 Words Oct 8th, 2015 6 Pages
The early 1930s was a time where many things happened. There was the great depression that spread across all of the United States of America. There was The Star Spangled Banner becoming America’s national anthem. There was also The Scottsboro Trials. The Scottsboro trials had all started on a railroad train on March 25th, 1931. Taking place in Alabama, nine African American boys were charged with rape and arrested. This event has such a significant impact that one author, Harper Lee, decided to create a book based off of these trials. In her book, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee had altered some aspects as well as kept the information of the Scottsboro trials, such as physical appearances, views of the lawyers, the supposed victims of the rape, and the reason for death penalty, in order to create her theme of how much racism had taken a toll on life in the early 1930s as well as the effect of the Scottsboro trails. Harper Lee had used the Scottsboro boys’ convictions of rape in her story to help emphasize the unjust and racism in each trial. In the Scottsboro trials, there were nine African American boys who had been convicted of rape - Roy Wright who was the youngest; the oldest being Charles Weems; Clarence Norris; Andy Wright, Roy’s older brother; Ozie Powell; Olen Montgomery; Eugene Williams; Willie Roberson; and Haywood Patterson. The nine boys had gotten into a fight with a group of white boys, causing them to get the attention of the police who stopped the train…

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