Analysis Of The Book ' Jim Crow On Trial '

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The book Jim Crow on Trial is very much centered around subjects of justice and fairness. As it follows a real court case, if must do so. The boys suffer through a time of unfair and often cruel treatment. They are accused by 2 white girls, tried by bias and racist juries, and finally, thrice convicted of rape and sentenced to death. In their last trial, some had their charges dropped, and others received only life in prison. Those in prison eventually left on parole. Only one of the boys was pardoned pre mortem, the rest pardoned 80 years after being accused. So could one honestly say they received justice? Or is there a time limit on this? I believe so, and I don’t think they got the justice due to them. To answer the question of did…show more content…
These two facts allow one to state with confidence that at the beginning of the book, the boys were treated unfairly. Towards middle of the book is when justice becomes an important aspect. As we move into the court, we truly get to see all of the unfair moments and unjust components of both the trial and the case. Directly following their trial, their given sentence (death at the electric chair for all but one, who was sentenced to life in prison) was overturned. This coming after the Communist Party of America talked about this case, calling it, “American injustice”, and asserting that, “the Negroes are wholly innocent of the crimes for which they were sentenced.”. This shows that there was injustice in their trial, as the CPA chose to say. As the story goes on, they go through multiple other trials, each resulting in a sentence of either death or life in prison. In the end, they are given their final sentence. A compromise lead to 2 of the boys (the youngest) being set free, though not pardoned. They went to New York. As for the rest of the boys? They were locked away, and each eventually released on parole. This is excluding Patterson, who was given life in prison, which he eventually escaped. One of the boys, Norris eventually formally requested a pardon. It was accepted by George Wallace, who was as the book said, “best known for being an ardent
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