NY: Doubleday & Co., (1950). First Edition. 8vo, pp. 309. End papers stained from old staples, bookplate partially removed from rear e.p., o/w very good. Item #32650
This is the autobiography of Haywood Patterson who was one of the accused in the famous Scottsboro rape case of the 1931. "On March 25, 1931, nine Negro boys, unemployed and looking for work, were riding on a train that was passing through a Southern town. They got into a fight with some white hobos and knocked them off the train. To get even, the whites reported that the negro kids had raped two prostitutes whom they knew to be riding on the same freight train. Thus began the Scottsboro case." Patterson tells his story of Alabama prison farms and jails and his ultmate escape from a term of life in prison.