In 1931, two white women made a shocking accusation: they had been raped by nine black teenagers on a train. The trial of the nine falsely accused teens would draw North and South into their sharpest conflict since the Civil War.
Explore the events of a trial that drew North and South into their sharpest conflict since the Civil War, and yielded two momentous Supreme Court decisions.
In 1931, Ruby Bates and Victoria Price falsely accused nine black youths of rape.
These are the nine innocent boys who stood trial for rape in one of the most significant legal fights of the twentieth century.
The International Labor Defense, the legal arm of the Communist Party of the United States of America, was formed in 1925 to counter groups like the Ku Klux Klan.
Judge James Edwin Horton Jr. and Judge William Washington Callahan presided over the second trial of the Scottsboro defendants in Decatur, Alabama.
Cinematographer Tom Hurwitz talks about documentary filmmaking and his unique experience filming in Scottsboro, Alabama where his father, documentarian Leo Hurwitz, had shot nearly 70 years before.
The places and events of the fatal journey of the Scottsboro Boys.
Because of his impeccable record, criminal defense attorney Samuel Leibowitz was hired by the International Labor Defense to defend the young black men accused at Scottsboro.
By the time the NAACP made an effort to become involved in the legal defense of the accused, the International Labor Defense had already staked a claim to the case.