By: Clay Reis, Shanae Stewart,
Rebekah Jamison, Nick Amacher
• 9 African American Boys.
• Raped 2 white women.
• Indicted-Sentenced to Death.
• Charges were dropped on all of the men.
Boys went to jail.
• Raised questions about the American
• Horrible Volunteer Lawyers.
• Weak Evidence.
• All white jury.
• 2 women testified against men.
How They Were Treated
Were not given a fair trial.
Denied their right of council.
The court did not allow them to prepare a fair
Men were poorly educated on how the trial
was going to take place.
• Jobs- Sons of Sharecroppers. Also one man
worked in a pharmacy.
• poor black kids who dropped out of school
to help support their families. Lived on
Why they were Accused
These boys were on a train when a racial skirmish
broke out between blacks and whites who were
hitching a ride on a freight train. All they white
men were forced off the train, except for one. The
men were then arrested and charged with assault.
Two white women were then discovered dressed
as boys. All peoples involved were taken to
Scottsboro and the black boys were accused of
Linder, Douglas O. THE TRIALS OF "THE SCOTTSBORO
BOYS". N.p., 1999. Web. 20 Oct. 2009.
The Scottsboro Boys had their first court trial in 1931 and their
last in 1937. All of the nine boys were released in 1950.