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"Acker provides a straightforward, chronological account of the trial, appeals, and ultimate resolution of the cases. To his credit, he maintains his objectivity, although readers are likely to be filled with moral outrage over his recounting of events that exposed the racial animus that permeated our legal and social systems."
"This is a very careful, even painstaking examination of the Scottsboro Boys, the nine black teenagers convicted of raping two white women on a train ride through Alabama in early 1931. Acker (criminal justice, Univ. of Albany) alternately operates in the manner of a private investigator, a defense attorney, or an advocate for social justice. In the process, he intelligently explores the circumstances involving a fight between white and black young men; incendiary charges leveled by a pair of white women, Victoria Price and Ruby Bates; journalistic drumbeats both attacking and defending the accused and their accusers; multiple prosecutions; and the subsequent personal histories of those whose lives were forever changed by the case….Recommended."
"Acker does a good job of explaining the significances of the legal issues involved in the Scottsboro cases…Readers interested in the social and cultural history surrounding the cases should read this book…"
Journal of Social History