Scottsboro Boys Trials
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Sent to Governor Miller by Albert Garret, this resolution advocates for the release of the Scottsboro Boys, the upholding of the U.S. Constitution, and the death penalty for lynchers. This is an example of a form resolution campaign that allowed…

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Chas. E. Lotreck writes that he had a trip planned to visit his friends in Montgomery, but will be cancelling it since he has learned that the roads were built by chain gangs. He continues that he will not give any money to a state so barbarous.

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L. H. Goodshaw questions the handling of the Scottsboro Boys and other prisoners in the Alabama jail system. He wonders why the guards do not do a better job of protecting them, and if the guards order other inmates to accost them. He reminds the…

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S. O. Rusby writes that it may have been better if "we had left them in Africa and have gone there to elevate them." He adds that it is everyone's responsibility "to make good citizens of these people." He also writes that the North is not guiltless…

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A. E. Merriam writes to Governor Miller that his purpose is to bring to light the undeserved hatred of "Negro People South of the Mason and Dixon's line," and details some of the atrocities committed against African Americans in the South since…

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Quoting Ruby Bates' confession that the Scottsboro Boys never accosted her, Leopold Stokowski asks the Governor to release the Scottsboro Boys and give them a safe conduct home. He hopes the Governor will use his best judgment, as he admits he finds…

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Writing from Amsterdam, G. Mannoury argues that certainty is a matter of probability, such that to convict the Scottsboro Boys would be a "judicial error" and "philosophical absurdity."

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This letter describes that the two women involved in the Scottsboro case—Victoria Price and Ruby Bates—were dressed in men's clothing and "ho boting," or hoboing, on the train as the Scottsboro Boys were. W. P. believes that the boys did nothing…

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Percy W. Powles condemns the "framed-up evidence," convicting the Scottsboro Boys to death. He continues that he cannot believe such great athletes as the Crimson Tide, whom he saw play a game against the Cougars, represent an unjust state. He asks…

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Lell Smith believes the Scottsboro conviction is based on race prejudice, and argues that a person who is both working class and African American is treated more harshly by the court system. He requests that Governor Miller correct this mistake.
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