The Scottsboro Boys Trials (1931-1937)
  1. An historical event of the 1930s--The Scottsboro Boys Trials--provides another means to address the influence of various forms of media on an historical event. Students have the opportunity to read primary source materials--periodicals and documents--from the trial that reveal the differing viewpoints on what occurred depending on the bias of the news source. Prof. Douglas Linder, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, "The Scottsboro Boys" Trials 1931 – 1937, from Famous Trials website, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and PBS’s American Experience segment on the trials both provide an assortment of historical documents, including letters, photographs, trial transcripts, quotations, etc.
  2. The collection of The Wolfsonian-FIU is also a rich resource for historical images and articles, particularly of The Labor Defender periodical produced by the International Labor Defense.
  3. After completing their research, students may write editorials, letters to the editors, or write scripts and stage news reports using the skills their learned in the previous projects.