Scottsboro boys.doc - Lastname 1 Firstname Lastname Instructor\u2019s Name Course Number 25 June 2020 Scottsboro An American Tragedy This documentary was

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Lastname 1 Firstname Lastname Instructor’s Name Course Number 25 June 2020 Scottsboro: An American Tragedy This documentary was extremely interesting to me because it covered a story I knew absolutely nothing about. Scottsboro: An American Tragedy is an movie based on an devastating story about nine black teenagers wrongfully accused of raping two white women. Although no evidence was presented, this case still went to trial and the teenagers were sentenced to death. The verdict by Alabama courts was later overturned twice by Supreme Court. After the third time the case went to trial, the charges against four of the defendants were ended, while long prison sentences remained for the other five. In 1943, on the condition that the imprisoned Scottsboro boys promised to behave well, the state of Alabama began to allow the five men to leave prison one by one. I learned a lot from this documentary because it showed me how injustice the system is. This is my first time hearing about this tragedy. This case was wrongfully tried and this is still happening today. Young black boys being accused of something because of the color of their skin. I learned that the system has been failing our youth for longer than some people think. Some men were even killed because white women would accuse them of rape. This is my first time hearing 2 women accused a group of boys of this false information. This is a part of the Jim Crow era that we discussed in class. Jim Crow laws was created to make black women and men lives miserable.

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