Scottsboro, Alabama by Lin Shi Khan
A Story in Linoleum Cuts

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In 1931, nine black youths were falsely accused of raping two white women on a freight train traveling through northern Alabama. They were arrested and tried in four days, convicted of rape, and eight of them were sentenced to death. The ensuing legal battle spanned six years and involved two landmark decisions by the Supreme Court. One of the most well known and controversial legal decisions of our time, the Scottsboro case ignited the collective emotions of the country, which was still struggling to come to terms with fundamental issues of racial equality.

Scottsboro, Alabama, which consists of 118 exceptionally powerful linoleum prints, provides a unique graphic history of one of the most infamous, racially-charged episodes in the annals of the American judicial system, and of the racial and class struggle of the time. Originally printed in Seattle in 1935, this hitherto unknown document, of which no other known copies exist, is presented here for the first time. It includes a foreword by Robin D.G. Kelley and an introduction by Andrew H. Lee. Mr. Lee discovered the book as part of a gift to the Tamiment Library by the family of Joe North, an important figure in the Communist Party-USA, and an editor at the seminal left-wing journal, the New Masses.

A true historical find and an excellent tool for teaching the case itself and the period which it so indelibly marked, this book allows us to see the Scottsboro case through a unique and highly provocative lens.


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Andrew H. Lee is a librarian at the Tamiment Library at New York University. Robin D.G. Kelley is Professor of History at New York University and author of, most recently, "Yo' Mama's Disfunktional! Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America". Andrew H. Lee is a librarian at the Tamiment Library at New York University.
Published June 1, 2002 by NYU Press. 150 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Kelly (Yo Mama's Dysfunktional!) makes clear, the book documents Communist and union mobilization around the case, and it testifies to a spirit of cooperation for justice that remains deeply relevant.

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