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  • Powell V. Alabama Case

    accused, criminal defendants and that of convicted criminals. There have been several instances of the course time where these protections of rights haven’t been upheld. An example of when these protections of rights have been neglected is the Powell v. Alabama in 1932. There are several things that made this particular case so different from that of other cases. The time period, the series of events in the case, and the doctrines that were established during this time period are just a few to mention. The Powell v. Alabama case of 1932 was a fundamental case for its time. This case happened at the height of Segregation between African Americans and the whites in America. The case involved nine African American boys in the South that jumped on an empty freight train heading to Alabama. A group of young white men jumped the train as well sometime throughout the night. The two parties eventually met up, where then a fight happened between them. All but one of the white men was thrown off the train. The white men, who had been thrown off the train, then sent a message to the police in the upcoming town reporting the incident to them. The local sheriff stopped the train at the next stop, where he then had two white women from the…

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  • The Scottsboro Boys: An American Tragedy

    The Superiority of Whites over Blacks Back in the early 1930s in Southern Alabama everything was seen as black and white. The color white was definitely superior to the black color. Black people were highly motivated to work and produce for their future and families, but there was this racism; discrimination; and segregation against colored people that impeded their success. All of this factors that destroyed the lives of 9 young black teenagers. Only southerner whites had the opportunity to…

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  • Summary: The Scottsboro Trial

    In Alabama, while there was technically no law stating that blacks could not serve on the jury, it was understood that blacks did not serve. This unspoken contract between the two racial groups meant that a jury of their peers, as guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment, did not try the nine Scottsboro boys. Furthermore, Judge Callahan would blatantly rush the trial in attempt to destroy the defense’s case. He would blatantly disregard physical evidence and important testimony. When the…

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  • Scottsboro Boys Research Paper

    “How would you feel?” “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything” is a quote by Mark Twain. As you know, everything started on the Southern Railroad freight train going to Chattanooga. On this freight train there were two white girls, Victoria Price and Ruby Bates. Then nine African American boys got on the train. Price and Bates accused the boys of raping them. Now they went to court to figure out the truth. The nine boys that have assault and rape charges are Olen…

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  • The Scottsboro Case: Injustice

    The Scottsboro Case A case that was unfair to the defendants and to the society of mankind. The Scottsboro Case first started on March 25,1931 9 young black men were wrongly accused. During this time black men were allowed to have jobs, but whites were still harboring racial feelings towards blacks. The 9 young black men oldest 19 and youngest 13 were on the way to find work in Alabama as they were on the train a fight broke out between them with the whites. As the train began to slow the…

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  • How Did The Scottsboro Trials Affect To Kill A Mockingbird

    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,…

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  • Similarities Between To Kill A Mockingbird And The Scottsboro Boys

    Comparing and Contrasting the Trials of To Kill a Mockingbird and the Scottsboro Boys In the 1930’s there was a lot of flaws in the judicial system. Black lives didn’t count back then. The jurors didn’t really care if there was enough evidence to prove their innocence; they would still be guilty. They would presume that a black man is guilty. The jurors were not willing to deal with a black charged with raping. Therefore, the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird have the same attitudes and…

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  • Scottsboro Boys Fair Trial

    The group of white men were eventually kicked off the train in Alabama, and they reported to the local sheriff “what they described as an assault by a gang of blacks” (Linder). Shortly after, the sheriff sent a group of armed men to stop the train at Paint Rock, Alabama. Two white women, Victoria Price and Ruby Bates, told one of the armed men that they had been gang raped by the African Americans. At the time, an African American man raping a white woman was an extremely severe offense. The…

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  • 39 Steps Analysis

    The Camden County Drama Club production, of “39 Steps” took place in 1930s Great Britain. The play follows Richard Hannay throughout the play as he seeks to clear his name, upon being accused for the murder of a young spy named Annabella. During the 2 hour play, there were over 15 characters, all of which were portrayed by a total of 4 actors. The play took on an interesting twist with Clown 1 and Clown 2(Cole) in particular, as they portrayed over 5 characters each. The uproar brought to the…

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  • The Concept Of Courage In To Kill A Mockingbird

    Courage The dictionary definition of courage is “the ability to do something that frightens one” (courage). But maybe that is not the only definition. The concept of courage is essential to understand the book To Kill a Mockingbird. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee develops the theme of courage throughout the actions of the characters Atticus, Mrs. Dubose, and Boo. Atticus displays a great deal of courage from the beginning of the book until the very end. He first demonstrates…

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