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Scottsboro: An American Tragedy

provides a timeline, maps, teachers' guide, and more about the 1931 rape accusation made by two white women against 9 nine black teenagers in Paint Rock, Alabama. The incident began one of the most significant legal fights of the 20th century, yielded two momentous Supreme Court decisions, and gave birth to the Civil Rights Movement. (WGBH, National Endowment for the Humanities)

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The trial of the nine falsely accused teens would draw North and South into their sharpest conflict since the Civil War.

The Scottsboro boys

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U.S. History Topics »  Ethnic Groups »  African Americans
U.S. History Topics »  Movements »  Civil Rights
U.S. History Topics »  States & Regions »  South
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