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Flora Y. Hatcher, an Alabamian, writes that she is disappointed in the miscarriage of justice in Alabama and urges the governor to move the succeeding trials to Birmingham. She worries that the state has been condemned before the nation and praises…

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Inspired by a religious dream, Norma H. Hargrave begs Governor Miller in God's name not to persecute the Scottsboro Boys unless he is absolutely positive of their guilt. She describes her dream, and asks him to examine his conscience to make sure…

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Martin Flowers urges Governor Miller to "stand firm" in his support for the Scottsboro trial outcome. Flowers identifies himself as a southerner and warns Governor Miller of the dangers of "Communists" and their "propergander" by describing crimes of…

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T. Gaines Elkins, who had served on the jury, insists with the Governor that his decision was influenced in no way by outside forces, but was made based only on state laws and the evidence provided in the courtroom. He believes that the Scottsboro…

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An African American, Levi G. Byrd of Cheraw, South Carolina, writes to Governor Graves, who had already been succeeded by Governor Miller. Byrd urges the Governor to look into the case thoroughly, given the enlightening information he has found in…

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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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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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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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"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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