Scottsboro Boys Trials
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This letter to Governor Miller asks that Haywood Patterson be pardoned, given the confession of Ruby Bates.

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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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The American Civil Liberties Union demands military protection for the Scottsboro defendants and their attorneys in the November 1933 Decatur trial before Judge Callahan. The telegram is signed by Harry F. Ward (first national chairman of the ACLU),…

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Signed by "Smith Nelson Appleman Mandel Herzog Bogart Brand Webber Pearl Kuttner Silber Rivkin Guralnick Granich White Chesneym," this telegram to Governor Miller is from American Engineers Spectialists Workers in Moscow. This group announces a…

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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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The anonymous sender of this letter writes that Alabama is his or her native state, and hopes that Governor Miller will save its "fair name." The writer asks the Governor to do something, "if you have to take those negroes out and shoot them." The…

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Seventy-three Auto Union members protest the 1933 Decatur trial at a meeting. Their resolution claims that "lynch spirit" prevented the selection of an impartial jury and holds the Governor responsible for the Scottsboro Boys' safety. This group was…

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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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