Remembering Scottsboro: The Legacy of an Infamous Trial

Remembering Scottsboro: The Legacy of an Infamous Trial

by James A. Miller
     
 

"Readers will find riveting new perspectives on one of the most important cases in our national history. I have read many books on Scottsboro, but until I read this one, I had no idea of the many and varied representations of this case."—Mary Helen Washington, University of Maryland

"With vigor, thoroughness, and creativity, Miller traces the

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"Readers will find riveting new perspectives on one of the most important cases in our national history. I have read many books on Scottsboro, but until I read this one, I had no idea of the many and varied representations of this case."—Mary Helen Washington, University of Maryland

"With vigor, thoroughness, and creativity, Miller traces the treatment of Scottsboro in a variety of media—journalism, poetry, fiction, drama, and film. He demonstrates how each medium and moment constructed its own 'Scottsboro' and developed its own lexicon for a case that commanded the public's attention for roughly half a century."—Deborah E. McDowell, author of Leaving Pipe Shop: Memories of Kin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691140476
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/20/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

CHAPTER ONE: Framing the Scottsboro Boys 7

CHAPTER TWO: "Scottsboro, Too": The Writer as Witness 52

CHAPTER THREE: Staging Scottsboro 85

CHAPTER FOUR: Fictional Scottsboros 118

CHAPTER FIVE: Richard Wright's Scottsboro of the Imagination 143

CHAPTER SIX: The Scottsboro Defendant as Proto-Revolutionary: Haywood Patterson 169

CHAPTER SEVEN: Cold War Scottsboros 197

CHAPTER EIGHT: Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird: The Final Stage of the Scottsboro Narrative 220

Epilogue 235

Notes 243

Bibliography 263

Index 275

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