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Scottsboro: An American Tragedy












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Samuel Liebowitz standing with Haywood PattersonFrom the moment nine African American teenagers were accused of rape in Paint Rock, Alabama, and mobs of angry Alabamans descended on Scottsboro jail threatening to lynch them, the American judicial process was put to the test. The International Labor Defense's efforts on behalf of the defendants, including the hiring of defense attorney Samuel Leibowitz, further antagonized local sentiments. Judge James Horton issued a warning to increasingly agitated trial spectators that he would not tolerate the mob spirit that threatened to destroy the careful consideration of guilt or innocence in the case. Ultimately, the defense would bring in a Southern lawyer for the third trial, in Decatur.

 

Given the physical evidence that supported the Scottsboro defendants' innocence, and taking into account the prejudices that local juries brought to the case, do you think a Southern lawyer should have been hired sooner, and could have been more successful than controversial New York trial lawyer Samuel Leibowitz in the second trial?

 

Yes

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Do you think the defendants would have had a better chance if their defense had been funded by the NAACP, rather than the I.L.D.?

 

Yes

No

 

 

Did you watch the film, "Scottsboro: An American Tragedy"? (Please vote "yes" if you watched at least half of the film.)

 

Yes

No

 

If yes, did it influence your answers?

 

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No

 

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