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Scottsboro: An American Tragedy

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Primary Sources

Read some of the documents written during and after the Scottsboro incident.

The First Days
The New York Times interviews the youngest defendant, Roy Wright.

Langston Hughes on Scottsboro
A poet writes about the case.

Letter from Ruby Bates to Earl Streetman
An unreliable witness offers a confession.

Excerpts from the Transcript of Haywood Patterson's Second Trial
Speeches from the lawyers and judge reveal deep differences in attitudes.

A Pardon
Over forty-six years after his arrest, the last living defendant returns South.

Escape from Jail
Haywood Patterson flees Alabama.

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