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DeSales Culley Jr. History of the United States II HST- 1430 LD03 Writing Assignment 2 The Scottsboro story is truly an American tragedy. A documentary film was made about it during the year 2001 and it was called Scottsboro: An American Tragedy . The story stems from one of the longest-running and controversial courtroom pursuits of racism in our country’s history. That very court case led to nine teenage black men being wrongly convicted for the crime of raping a white woman. The documentary was very renowned and held a Oscar Nomination for best documentary feature. So starting off I would like to give a full summary of this documentary. On the March 25, 1931 a freight train of the Southern Rail Corporation was leaving from Tennessee and headed west. Among the cars were many hobos black, and white. As the train was coming from inside a tunnel in Alabama, a group of white men were on top of the train and had stepped on a black man’s hand almost knocking the man of the moving train. That black man was Heyward Patterson and he was headed to Memphis trying to find job opportunities. On the train a fight broke out among the whites who wanted the blacks off the train, and the blacks who refused to get off the train. The blacks won the fight, pushing the whites off the train, but news of the situation reached their next stop in Paint Rock, Alabama. When the train reached the stop, a
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