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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2008

    Awesome and Heartrendering

    This story tugs at heart strings - the struggle for equality and the need for understanding of lower classes. The story is brought to life in this novel and makes tears and anger easy to come by if the reader has any feelings for the treatment of fellow man.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2008

    Interesting Read!

    When Alice Whittier, a journalist for a left-wing publication in New York City, first hears of the arrest of nine young black men for the rape of two white women in Alabama, she is skeptical of the claims made by Ruby Bates and Victoria Price. But it is 1931 and Jim Crow laws are still going strong south of the Mason-Dixon line. While it soon becomes apparent that the 'Scottosboro Boys,' as the young men are dubbed, are innocent of the crime they are said to have committed, they are consecutively delcared guilty by juries full of all-white men. Even when New York City's Sam Leibowitz gets involved and Ruby starts telling the truth, it seems as though the Scottsboro Boys are doomed to head to the electric chair. Ellen Feldman's fictionalized account of the Scottsboro case is extremely rich in history and detail. It's obvious that she has taken painstaking care when conducting her research and her characterization is spot on. You can't help but sympathesize with Ruby Bates for all that she has been through and you soon discover that there is more than meets the eye when it comes to Alice Whittier and her ambitions. I had never heard of the Scottsboro Boys prior to reading Scottsboro, so I found this book particularly interesting. Feldman writes in such a way that you learn much about the trial and the time period in which it was set, but it's not like I was reading a dry account of the events Feldman brings the case and the people involved to life.

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