Scottsboro Trials and to Kill a Mockingbird

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The Scottsboro Trial and the trial of Tom Robinson are almost identical in the forms of bias shown and the accusers that were persecuted. The bias is obvious and is shown throughout both cases, which took place in the same time period. Common parallels are seen through the time period that both trials have taken place in and those who were persecuted and why they were persecuted in the first place. The thought of "All blacks were liars, and all blacks are wrongdoers," was a major part of all of these trails. A white person 's word was automatically the truth when it was held up to the credibility of someone whom was black. Both trials were perfect examples of how the people of Alabama were above the law and could do whatever they wanted to…show more content…
In once case Mayella Ewell was constantly beaten by her dad and she was raped, Tom Robinson even said that she kissed him. To kiss a black person in those times was preposterous and to accuse him or rape was a perfect cover to all of the things that had happened to her in the past. In the other trial the women were prostitutes and it seemed brilliant to place the blame on the black men. <br> <br>The cases seem very identical to every last subject. In the novel Tom Robinson placed an appeal but was killed in jail while trying to escape before he could go through with the appeal. In the Scottsboro case the men were finally let free after one of the women who before was accusing the men admitted that the story of being raped was all a lie. In both cases the antagonist and protagonists were identical and the bias was shown in the same ways. The antagonists in both cases were especially racism and the accusers were exactly the same as well. They both had pasts that they needed to cover up and they accused the black men for crimes that they didn 't commit. The protagonists were alike as well, both Atticus Finch and Judge Horton fought to make the trials fair and make the courtroom a place were racism was unheard of. It was shown that if the trial was left to stay after the final verdict was called then 8 innocent men would die and one would be imprisoned all because the thought of "All blacks were liars, and all blacks are wrongdoers," was fresh in the peoples
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