This "Scottsboro Boys": A Trial Which Defined an Age lesson plan also includes:
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- Death Penalty for Crime
- Judge J. A. Hawkins Undaunted By Threatening Telegrams From International Labor Defense
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- How the Nine Arrests at Scottsboro Were Effected
- Letter from Judge W. W. Callahan in Decatur, Alabama
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Here's a must-have resource. Whether your focus is racism, the Great Depression, the "Scottsboro Boys" trial, or part of a reading of To Kill A Mockingbird, the information contained in the seven-page packet will save hours of research and curating. Links are provided to newspaper articles, PBS films, primary source documents from the UMKC law library, and a letter from Judge W.W. Callahan. After studying the documents and conducting additional research, class groups produce newspapers and report on the events surrounding the trial that launched the civil rights movement.
- If a classroom set of computers is available, create a folder and post the links to the various documents or download and save the documents
- The lesson presumes class members are familiar with the journalistic writing, including the format of news stories, editorials, political cartoons, and letters to the editor
- Class members must integrate information from a variety of sources and analyze how events and conditions at the time contributed to the trials