January 10, 2008
Scottsboro and Its Legacy Released
The book, published by Praeger, details the alleged crimes, their legal aftermath, and their immediate and enduring social significance as shown in media portrayals and other forms of popular culture. Using extensive media reports, including contemporaneous newspaper accounts and interpretations of the proceedings, Acker illustrates the media’s role and the effect the cases had on society at the time.
In the 1931 Scottsboro case, nine black teenagers were accused of raping two white women on a train in northern Alabama. They were arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced to death in the town of Scottsboro in little more than two weeks. The “Scottsboro Boys” case became a lightning rod for fundamental issues of social justice, including racial discrimination, class oppression, and legal fairness.
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