Scottsboro Boys Trials
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Three women from Bailey Island, Maine, ask Governor Miller to exert his influence in the Scottsboro case and write that the American people would be like the Nazis of Germany or the despots of Russia if they did not ensure that everyone had a fair…

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This unsigned letter to Governor Miller asks how much blood African Americans have to pay in the name of white supremacy. After all the unappreciated labor—of cooking, tilling soil, building roads—this anonymous writer begs that the Governor…

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This anonymous letter suggests that African Americans should have never come to the United States, but that the people of Alabama could "wipem all out in a few days." The sender insists that the Scottsboro Boys be given a new trial so that they could…

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"An Alabaman" writes that he or she has always loved Alabama, but loves justice more. He or she writes that the Scottsboro case has been an outrage, and that white men should realize there are greater ideals than protecting their superiority complex.

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Concerned that the state has spent a lot of money on the trial of the Scottsboro Boys and will spend more yet, two "citizens and tax payers of Jefferson County, Alabama" offer to perform the Scottsboro Boys' execution for free. They mention to…

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Ernest R. Betz, a senior in high school, writes that a student in his class with radical ideas swayed his classmates to believe that an African American cannot achieve justice in the South. He asks Governor Miller to refute this claim and to provide…

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Mary J. Biggs, an Alabamian, writes that the International Labor Defense asked her for a contribution to the Scottsboro Boys' fund. Because she did not have the money, she decides to write to Governor Miller to ask that he protect the boys.

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Pearl Aline Blancha, a distant relative of Robert E. Lee, is ashamed to have any relationship to the South at all, as she abhors "injustice and oppression of any kind." She writes that education and culture do great things for any race, and that the…

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Attorney Bernard Breitbart quotes—from a write-up in The New York Times—a comment made by prosecutor Wade Wright that he argues is an insult to Jewish people. Breitbart writes that attorneys know trials must be impartial and that a prosecuting…

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Rev. Burckhardt writes that he believes in "justice and fair play for all men" and hopes that Governor Miller will treat the Scottsboro Boys as innocent until proven guilty, or else there will be "a black mark" on his administration and the state of…
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