Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South

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LSU Press, 2007 - History - 432 pages

Although Scottsboro disappeared from the nation's headlines after 1937, it returned with the telecast of the 1976 "docudrama," Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys. Based on Dan Carter's Bancroft Prize-winning account of the controversial Alabama incident and its aftermath, the television production served as a catalyst for the return to public life of three key individuals in the case. In a chapter written especially for this revised edition of his modern classic, Carter recounts the latest turns in the case. Included are the surprising story of the last surviving Scottsboro defendant and the vivid description of Victoria Prices' libel suit against the network that televised the drama and the subsequent trial -- presumably the last of the Scottsboro trials. Along with this new material Carter provides fresh personal and historical insights into the case and reflects on the way the South has changed since Scottsboro first claimed the nation's attention.

 

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1037 Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South, by Dan T. Carter (read 7 Dec 1969) (Bancroft Prize in 1969) I found this easy reading, and difficult to lay down. I am also surprised how fuzzy my ... Read full review

Contents

INTERRUPTED JOURNEYS
3
IN AN ALABAMA COURTROOM
11
THE CLASH OF DOGMAS
51
ALABAMA 1931
104
RED ON BLACK
137
ALABAMA 1933
174
A HORRIBLE MISTAKE
192
LET JUSTICE BE DONE
243
A COLD HARD VENGEANCE
274
THE DEFEAT OF DIPLOMACY
330
THE COMPROMISE OF 1937
369
FORGOTTEN HEROES
399
WINCHESTER 1977 THE FINAL TRIAL?
416
ESSAY ON AUTHORITIES
463
INDEX
469
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Dan T. Carter is Educational Foundation Professor at the University of South Carolina. He is the author of The Politics of Rage: George Wallace, the Origins of the New Conservativism, and the Transformation of American Politics; When the War Was Over: The Failure of Self-Reconstruction in the South, 1865 --1867; and many other books. The 1970 publication of his award-winning Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South inspired a 1976 docudrama that rekindled controversy and interest in the case.

Dan T. Carter is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of History at Emory University. In addition to the Bancroft Prize, his account of Scottsboro won the Jules F. Landry Award, the Lillian Smith Award, and the Anisfield-Wolf Award in Race Relations.

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