Letter from Joseph Rodriguez in Los Angeles, California, to Gov. B. M. Miller in Montgomery, Alabama.

Title

Letter from Joseph Rodriguez in Los Angeles, California, to Gov. B. M. Miller in Montgomery, Alabama.

Subject

Scottsboro Trial, Scottsboro, Ala., 1931; African Americans--Civil rights--Alabama; African Americans--Imprisonment--Alabama; Miller, Benjamin Meek, 1864-1944; Communist Party of the United States

Description

A "worker" demands the release of the Scottsboro Boys, whom the "dirty, degenerate, capitalist class" has framed. The letter warns of a workers' mass movement that will overtake the ruling class, as 97% of the people in the world are workers. The letter contains a drawing of a hammer and sickle.

Creator

Rodriguez, Joseph

Source

Alabama Governor, Scottsboro Case appeals to the Governor, SG004238, Folder 14, Alabama Dept. of Archives and History

Date

1932-04-14

Format

Letter

Language

English

Coverage

United States--California--Los Angeles

Transcription

871 W. 103 St., Los Angeles, Calif. LOS ANGELES AIR-MAIL U.S. Postage April (image of (image of 6 PM bi-wing plane) 1933 plane) 8¢ CALIF. SAVES TIME AIR MAIL Gov. B.M. Miller, Montgomery, Ala. Air-mail Los Angeles, Calif. Apr. 14, 1932 Gov. B.M. Miller Montgomery, Ala. We the militant workers both Negro and white demand the immediate and unconditional release of the nine innocent Negro Scottsboro boys who your dirty degenerate capitalist class has framed through its vicious lying!!! Perhaps you think there is no end to the patience of the hundred of millions of toiling masses. But there is!! We are fast awakening and will soon through throw your dirty lower than snake class into oblivion. Don't you dare allow the degenerate ruling class to murder these innocent Negro boys!!!!! Joseph Rodrigues, Worker (drawing of hammer and scythe) P.S. If you think that by murdering these innocent children you will breakup and frighten the growing mass movement of workers you are greatly mistaken but on the contrary you will greatly accentuate it. For every blow that your cur class strikes the working class your dirty cur class will get back 1000 fold you just remember we workers represent 97% of the people of the south!!!