Stories of Scottsboro

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9780679761594: Stories of Scottsboro

"A rich and compelling narrative, as taut and suspenseful as good fiction. In places, Stories of Scottsboro is almost heartbreaking, not least because Goodman shows what people felt as well as what they thought." -- Washington Post Book World

To white Southerners, it was "a heinous and unspeakable crime" that flouted a taboo as old as slavery. To the Communist Party, which mounted the defense, the Scottsboro case was an ideal opportunity to unite issues of race and class. To jury after jury, the idea that nine black men had raped two white women on a train traveling through northern Alabama in 1931 was so self-evident that they found the Scottsboro boys guilty even after the U.S. Supreme Court had twice struck down the verdict and one of the "victims" had recanted.

This innovative and grippingly narrated work of history tells the story of a case that marked a watershed in American racial justice. Or, rather, it tells several stories. For out of dozens of period sources, Stories of Scottsboro re-creates not only what happened at Scottsboro, but the dissonant chords it struck in the hearts and minds of an entire nation.

"Extraordinary.... To do justice to the Scottsboro story a book would have to combine edge-of-the-seat reportage and epic narrative sweep. And it is just such a book that James Goodman has given us, a beautifully realized history...written with complete authority, tight emotional control, and brilliant use of archival material." -- Chicago Tribune

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"This gripping book does much more than tell the story of Scottsboro with new information and insight. It invents a new way of writing history. Like a kaleidoscope, the author rotates the stories told by various participants in that cause of the 1930s, causing new patterns to emerge until they take a form we can call truth."--James M. McPherson

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Goodman (History/Harvard) on the case of the ``Scottsboro Boys,'' nine black Alabama teenagers sentenced to death in 1931 for raping two white women on a freight train. This isn't the Rashomon-like oral history the title suggests, but an exhaustively researched, relentlessly objective account of the case that obsessed--and divided--America. Goodman passes lightly over the state of Alabama's preposterous case to focus on the legal strategies of the International Labor Defense, a Communist organization that assumed the ``boys' '' defense. With brilliant, abrasive New York criminal attorney Samuel Liebowitz as its hired gun, the ILD saw the defendants through numerous trials before both fair and unfair judges (including two trips to the US Supreme Court), along the way forging unlikely alliances with newspaper editors and finding competition from the NAACP. Goodman is impressive both at relating the tedious minutiae of legal battles and at setting the case in the context of the turbulent aftermath of WW I: some of the book's best pages consider the still-bitter legacy of Reconstruction, the African-American romance with Communism, the unabashed anti-Semitism that repeatedly compromised Liebowitz's effectiveness as an advocate, and something, too, called the ``southern rape complex.'' Goodman's portraits of the major players in the case (not only the flashy Liebowitz but the trashy accuser Victoria Price) are deft. But the ``Scottsboro boys'' themselves come to life only in the final pages, when their pathetic letters from prison are quoted at length. Writes one, hauntingly: ``Now I am just like a rabbit in a strange wood and the dogs is after him and no protection.'' For lawyers and history buffs alike, a lucid, penetrating study of a resonant subject. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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