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The Scottsboro Boys


The Scottsboro Boys were nine black teenage boys accused of rape in Alabama in 1931.  

The case includes a frame-up, all-white jury, rushed trials, an attempted lynching and miscarriage of justice.

Explain how the charges and trial demonstrated the hollowness of the American justice system. Who was the lawyer for the Scottsboro Boys?