[Marxism] PBS "History Detectives" Scottsboro Nine, ILD, James P. Cannon
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Mon Sep 7 20:39:00 MDT 2009
Check your listings. Very good.
“SCOTTSBORO BOYS’ STAMP
AIRING: Season 7, Episode 11
THE DETECTIVE: Gwen Wright
THE PLACE: Scottsboro, Alabama
What is the connection between an inconspicuous black and white stamp
purchased at an outdoor market and a landmark civil rights case? “Save
the Scottsboro Boys” is printed on the stamp above nine black faces
behind prison bars and two arms prying the bars apart. One arm bears the
tattoo “ILD.” On the bottom of the stamp is printed “one cent.”
The Scottsboro Boys were falsely accused and convicted of raping two
white girls in 1931 on a train near Scottsboro, Alabama. It took several
appeals, two cases before the US Supreme Court, and nearly two decades
before all nine finally walked free.
*History Detectives* delves into civil rights history and consults with
a stamp expert to discover how a tiny penny stamp could make a
difference in the young men’s courageous defense effort.
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