Scottsboro Alabama. From slavery to revolution
1931, Scottsboro, Alabama: Nine black youths are wrongfully accused of raping two white women on a freight train. Arrested and sentenced in four days, eight of them risk the electric chair. This collection of 118 linocuts offers an unprecedented perspective on the legal and political battle for their defense, one of the most famous in all of American history. Beyond a simple denunciation of the racism in force in the South of the United States, the authors wanted to include this episode in the long time of the history of slavery, and thus transform the fight in favor of the “nine of Scottsboro” into a broader struggle to build a communist society. A rare document on the class struggle and the fight for racial equality in 1930s America, as well as an exceptional graphic work, these engravings made in Seattle in 1935 were published in the United States for the first time in 2002.