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Episode 119 The Scottsboro Boys

In November of 2012, the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles pardoned three men. Haywood Patterson, Charlie Weems, and Andy Wright. The three black men had been wrongly convicted of assaulting two white women in 1931. They were the last of nine young men associated with the case to have their convictions officially cleared from the record. Their arrest and the trials that followed served as a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement.

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Learn More About The Scottsboro Case

Watch the Documentary: Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
Scottsboro Boy by Haywood Patterson and Earl Conrad
The Last of the Scottsboro Boys by Clarence Norris and Sybil Washington

Episode Sources

Scottsboro Trials. Accessed December 14, 2022. http://encyclopediaofalabama.org/article/h-1456

“Scottsboro Boys” Trials (1931-1937). Famous Trials by Douglas O. Linder. Accessed December 10, 2022. https://famous-trials.com/scottsboroboys

Without Fear or Favor: Judge James Edwin Horton and the Trial of the “Scottsboro Boys” By Douglas O. Linder. Accessed December 10, 2022 https://famous-trials.com/scottsboroboys/2387-without-fear-or-favor-judge-horton-and-the-scottsboro-boys

The Saga Of The Scottsboro Boys. Accessed January 2, 2023. https://www.aclu.org/issues/racial-justice/saga-scottsboro-boys

The Scottsboro Trials: A Legal Lynching. Accessed January 2, 2023. https://scholarship.law.cornell.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=&httpsredir=1&article=1789&context=facpub

The Scottsboro Boys: Injustice in Alabama. Accessed December 15, 2022. https://www.archives.gov/files/publications/prologue/2014/spring/scottsboro.pdf

Episode Music

No 7 Alone with My Thoughts by Esther Abrami. Licensed under a Creative Commons License
Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use