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May 05, 2014

Scottsboro Trial

Grade Level:




In this lesson, students will read about and discuss the Scottsboro Trials from the 1930s. This miscarriage of justice clearly demonstrates why the ability to appeal is essential to our judicial system. The story also shows the struggle for racial equality, and the importance of the right to counsel and fair trial for all Americans. 


Time needed:

Not specified


Materials required:

Scottsboro Trial Lesson Plan

Scottsboro: The Right to Trial PowerPoint


National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, National Council for the Social Studies:

Theme 2: Time, Continuity, and Change

Theme 6: Power, Authority, and Governance

Theme 10: Civic Ideals and Practices