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Scottsboro Boys

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library,
The logo of The Scottsboro Boys show

“’Scottsboro Boys’ [is] a dazzling show about a travesty. The tale of the unjustly accused Scottsboro Nine is reenacted as an irreverent carnival show with stinging and stunning effect at the Ahmanson Theatre.”
    -Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic

In conjunction with the CenterTheatreGroup’s production of “Scottsboro Boys,” the Social Science/Philosophy/Religion Department of the Los Angeles Public Library created a display related to the trial and subject matter.

On March 25, 1931, nine black teenage boys were riding a train from Chattanooga to Memphis in hopes of finding employment. Also on board riding that day were four white individuals- two men and two women. A fight ensued between the two groups and the two white men were forced off the train, leaving the nine black males with the two white women.  The two men who were kicked off the train contacted the stationmaster claiming the gang of black men assaulted them. The stationmaster had the train stopped and the nine black men were taken into custody and accused of rape. This incident established an array of landmark legal cases dealing with racism and the right to a fair trial.

Here are some resources on the subject matter available in the SocialScience/Religion/Philosophy Department:

Blaustein, Albert P., and Robert L. Zangrando, eds.  Civil Rights and the Black: a documentary history.
New York:  Simon and Schuster.  1970.
Call #323.40973 C5825-4 1970

Carter, Dan T.  Scottsboro:  a tragedy of the American South.  Baton Rouge: Louisiana
State University Press.  2007.
Call #343.1 C323 2007

Chafe, William H., Raymond Gavins, Robert Korstad,  eds.  Remembering Jim Crow:
African Americans Tell about Life in the Segregated South.  New York: New Press,  2001.
Call #301.45096 R3865

Chalmers, Allan Knight.  They Shall be Free.  Garden City: Doubleday, 1951.
Call #364.9761 C438

Goodman, James E.  Stories of Scottsboro.  1st ed.  New York: Pantheon Books, 1994.
Call #343.1 G653

Hays, Arthur Garfield.  Trial by Prejudice.  New York: Covici, Friede, 1933.
Call #343.1 H425

Horne, Gerald.  Powell v. Alabama: the Scottsboro Boys and American Justice.  New
York: Franklin Watts, 1997.
Call #343.1 H815

Howe, Irving.  The American Communist Party, a Critical History, 1919- 1957.  Boston:
Beacon Press, 1957.
Call #335.40973 H856

Kelley, Robin D.G.  Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great
Depression.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1990.
Call #335.409761 K29

Khan, Lin Shi, and Tony Perez.  Scottsboro, Alabama: a Story in Linoleum Cuts.  Ed.
Andrew H. Lew.  New York: New York University Press, 2002.
Call #343.1 K45

Kinshasa, Kwando Mbiassi.  The Man from Scottsboro:  Clarence Norris and the
Infamous 1931 Alabama Rape Trial, in His Own Words.  Jefferson, N.C.:
McFarland, 2003. 
Call #364.92 N854Ki 2003

Leibowitz, Robert.  The Defender: the Life and Career of Samuel S. Leibowitz, 1893-
1933.  Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice- Hall, 1981.
Call #347.092 L525Le

Litwack, Leon F.  Trouble in Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow. 
New York: Alfred Knopf, 1998.
Call #301.45096 L782-1

Miller, James A.  Remembering Scottsboro: the Legacy of an Infamous Trial.
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009.
Call #343.1 M6477

Norris, Clarence.  The Last of the Scottsboro Boys: an Autobiography.  New York:
Putnam, 1979.
Call #364.92 N854

Rapley, Robert.  Witch Hunts: from Salem to Guantanamo Bay.  Montreal:
McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2007.
Call #323.40973 R218

Ritterhouse, Jennifer Lynn.  Growing up Jim Crow: How Black and White Southern
Children Learned Race.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 2006. 
Call #301.45096 R615

Sorensen, Lita.  The Scottsboro Boys Trial: a Primary Source Account.  1st ed.
New York: Rosen Publishing Group, 2004.
Call #343.109761 S713

Goodman, Barak. Scottsboro: an American Tragedy.  Pr. Daniel Anker.  DVD.
WGBH Boston: PBS Home Video, 2006.
Call #DVD 343.1 S4315

The CenterTheatreGroup (performance information)
Famous Trials “Scottsboro Boys Trial,” 1931-1937
Scottsboro Boys Museum & Cultural Center
PBS, Scottsboro: An American Tragedy