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Scottsboro: An American Tragedy

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Voices from Scottsboro

Crowd outside of courthouseHow did the Scottsboro case grow from a local fight among freight train hobos to an internationally reported event? One answer is that every major social conflict took the stand in Alabama. Differences between men and women, blacks and whites, North and South, Communists and non-Communists, social classes, and political activists meant that public opinion was torn in a multitude of directions. Each side saw its opportunity in Scottsboro, the case that would ultimately spark the civil rights movement.

Follow the trials through the words of participants and spectators -- and see how Scottsboro revealed a nation divided.

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