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Arty and thereby to render the horrors of the t An account "of the Scottsboro Boys These were nine African American aged thirteen to "the Scottsboro Boys These were nine African American teenagers aged thirteen to who in March 1931 were falsely accused of raping two white women who had been riding the same freight train with them Author James Goodman describes in detail at times excruciating detail the desperate lives of all Alabamans white and black during the depression the hellish prison conditions the men endured and the non stop trouble most of them had once released from prison I wholeheartedly agree with the uote from the New York Times Book Review on the cover of my book One cannot read this remarkable book worth being moved The title is uite apt Goodman recounts the events from the viewpoint of the accusers the accused the attorneys and the organizations that helped in various ways "the naacp and the international labor defense the "NAACP and the International Labor Defense the Defense Committee etc Therefore adjoining chapters will cover the same events from a different perspectiveGiven the large cast of characters and the shifting perspectives I found myself having to freuently consult the index This book was tough to read The injustice the hate the blatant racism and complete disregard of basic human rights and fundamental freedoms that we take for granted everyday My heart broke for these boysmen with every chapter As far as the uality of the book it is stellar Thoroughly detailed and clearly explains from all angles why things happened the way that they did I appreciated the fact that the book is not one sided and only taking the view of the Scottsboro boys or of the Southerners It helps to understand exactly what happened so that history does not repeat itself That being said it is a lot of information to absorb making the book feel very heavy at times I had to stop to take breaks I found myself constantly thinking of the Central Park Six if you are not familiar with the case please look it up The Scottsboro case started in 1931 the Central Park Five case started in 1989 a than 50 year difference and little has changed regarding Due Process and Discrimination with Americans in the judicial system We need books like this to remind people that our struggle is not over we must eep fighting for our rights I look forward to the day when there is no longer a need to fight because they are guarantee. Tories of Scottsboro re creates not only what happened at Scottsboro but the dissonant chords it struck in the hearts and minds of an entire nationExtraordinary To do justice to the Scottsboro story a book would have to combine edge of the seat reportage and epic narrative sweep And it is just such a book that James Goodman has given us a beautifully realized historywritten with complete authority tight emotional control and brilliant use of archival material Chicago Tribun.
James Goodman × 7 FREE READFar in some ways we still have to go read for a big research project about the Decatur retrials of the Scottsboro Boys has a lot of information but just not really about what I was looking for would recommend as a source on the Scottsboro boys for someone who doesn t now much already Switching to non fiction for a bit this was a text from a law school class that I particularly enjoyedTook a long time to get through it was very dense but very rewarding Goodman describes in fascinating detail the various social and economic factors that led to such a horrific miscarriage of justice You are still left wondering how people could do this to other innocent human beings but after going through Goodman s analysis you can at least begin to explain how it could happen Many Southerners in Alabama for example were stunned at the outcry after the first sham of a trial as they felt they deserved to be commended for conducting an "orderly trial and preventing a lynching I found the discussions relating to the "trial and preventing a lynching I found the discussions relating to the motives and tactics of the NAACP and the Communist Party and the struggle for control of the case to be particularly valuable The Communists who were already outsiders weren t concerned about public opinion saw the entire justice system as rotten to the core and acted accordingly The NAACP by contrast was concerned with acceptance and looked to bring about institutional change Another really enlightening narrative was how the Southern politicians who were mostly pro labor FDR Democrats could be so stunningly obtuse on matters of criminal justice and basic human rights for minorities
In Today S Societytoday s society traditionally associate progressive left leaning pro labor and egalitarian movements with civil rights causes but this book shows pretty clearly that it wasn t always that way Small criticism would "be that the last 75 pages or so felt rushed like Goodman was just cramming in "that the last 75 pages or so felt rushed like Goodman was just cramming in where are they now details to wrap up the narrative While it was poignant to see how most of the Scottsboro Nine never recovered from their ordeal the recap lacks the analysis that made the beginning of the book so compelling Overall though highly recommended A remarkable effort to retell the Scottsboro saga from multiple perspectives Each chapter is written from the viewpoint of a different party to the tragedy The effect is to humanize every The idea that nine black men had raped two white women on a train traveling through northern Alabama in 1931 was so self evident that they found the Scottsboro boys guilty even after the US Supreme Court had twice struck down the verdict and one of the victims had recantedThis innovative and grippingly narrated work of history tells the story of a case that marked a watershed in American racial justice Or rather it tells several stories For out of dozens of period sources .
An incredibly thorough account of one of the biggest frame ups in American judicial history Disheartening to read but also incredibly interesting To Read As Goodman Illustrates read as Goodman illustrates racist forces North South divide anti communist fears and political considerations that influenced this case that lasted from the beginning of the Civil Rights movement until the end "COMMUNISTS DRIFTERS JEWS GOOD OLE BOYS CARPETBAGGERS AND THEIR "drifters Jews good ole boys carpetbaggers and their over the fates of nine young black men dragged off a train in Paint Rock Albama accused of rape and sentenced to death In a series of legal battles that would drag on for decades the Scottsboro Boys s cases bounced up and down through the courts twice being heard by the United States Supreme Court Weaving the tale together through an unimaginable amount of research Goodman presents the stories through the eyes of all the involved parties The book comes at the trials from a number of different angles converging around the uestions of race justice euity and criminal procedure all of which were bent twisted and molded in disgusting waysA long and detailed read that would be well worth i I read this as part of a continuing series of history books recommended by history major daughter Alyssa Apparently this was something of a groundbreaking book due mostly to its format and style which presents the saga of the 8 young blacks accused of rape in Alabama in about 1931 The tale is presented in a series of very short chapters which discuss different aspects of the tale One might discuss the state of the Democratic Party in Alabama during the years or how the prosecutor came to be in mhis position The book also follows the lives of the men as they grew up and grew old I thoroughly enjoyed the book as it presents a shocking story in a measured wide ranging fashion It took me ages to read this book Not because it wasn t good but because I could only read a few chapters at a time before all the racism and injustice made me so angry I had to walk away from the book The story itself This is a very powerful book in which the author looks at different points of view the boys who grew to be men during their time in jail the judges the attorneys the NAACP the Communists the two accusers the different groups of people in Alabama Read in the light of the murders of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis one realizes how. A rich and compelling narrative as taut and suspenseful as good fiction In places Stories of Scottsboro is almost heartbreaking not least because Goodman shows what people felt as well as what they thought Washington Post Book WorldTo white Southerners it was a heinous and unspeakable crime that flouted a taboo as old as slavery To the Communist Party which mounted the defense the Scottsboro case was an ideal opportunity to unite issues of race and class To jury after jury.