Date of Award

Winter 1969

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts




The Scottsburo Case - a series of litigations which shook the thirties began on March 21, 1931 in an alleged rape of two white girls by nine Negro boy son a train near Point Rock, Alabama. From a simple beginning near this sleepy mountain town in Alabama, this case had ramifications throughout the United States and the world. It will be my purpose in this paper to examine the case from the standpoint of Communism as seen through the efforts fo the International Labor Defense, a Communist front organization. I will trace the history of the I.L.D. and its campaign for Negro support before, during, and after the Scottsburo case. Through this paper I hope to illuminate the effect the I.L.D. had on the Negro as a result of the Scottsburo case.

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