Historian Can Discuss the History of the Scottsboro Boys and Posthumous Pardon

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Eight decades after the wrongful conviction of nine black men who came to be known as “the “Scottsboro boys,” the State of Alabama yesterday officially issued posthumous pardons to the final three of the original nine who were accused.  Pulitzer Prize-finalist and historian James Goodman, whose extensive research resulted in Stories of Scottsboro, is available to provide insights into the case and the impact of the pardons. 

Goodman is a professor of history at Rutgers University, Newark, and also teaches in its Graduate Program in American Studies and its Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program.  Goodman’s book, a narrative history of the case written from many different points of view, was a finalist for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize in history.



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