Essay on The Trials Of Kill A Mockingbird And Scottsboro Boys

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The Trials of Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird and “The Scottsboro Boys” both deal with discrimination in the 1930’s where discrimination was formidable and a way of life. “The Scottsboro Boys” were nine black youths. The youths were accused of raping two white women Victoria Price and Ruby Bates who traveled with a few white companions. Despite the fact that there was little evidence, the boys were still convicted of the crimes. That is a very close similarity to the fictional trial of Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird. Who was also accused of raping Mayella Ewell. There are many similarities between both trials like the lawyers Atticus Finch and Samuel Leibowitz who were courageous enough to take on these trials and the men who had the power in their hands Judge Horton and Judge Taylor. Also their were similarities between Victoria and Mayella and how they reacted especially when being cross examined and how the evidence affected the cases. While the Great Depression was taking place so was discrimination where whites were more beneficial of rights. A rock throwing feud commenced between blacks and whites with the hand of a black Haywood Patterson being stepped on by a white. The boys were originally convicted to death but had retrials with a new judge John Taylor and a new trying lawyer by the name of Samuel Leibowitz. In the retrials many of the boys had lesser charges like no time in prison, patrol duty, and less jail time (Linder, Chronology) Both…

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