HOW THE COM­MU­NISTS HELPED THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS

The New York Review of Books - - Letters - James Good­man New York City

To the Ed­i­tors:

I write to give credit where credit is due in one para­graph of Bryan Steven­son’s out­stand­ing es­say “A Pre­sump­tion of Guilt” [NYR, July 13]. It was not the NAACP but rather the In­ter­na­tional La­bor De­fense (ILD), the le­gal arm of the Com­mu­nist Party USA, that launched the in­ter­na­tional cam­paign to save the “Scottsboro Boys” from Alabama’s elec­tric chair. NAACP of­fi­cials be­lieved that the de­fense should should be con­ducted qui­etly, in the courts. The de­fen­dants and their par­ents chose the Com­mu­nists, and the NAACP played only a pe­riph­eral role in the case.

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