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Scottsboro - a fictionalised account of a pivotal court case in 1930s Alabama in which nine Black Americans were sentenced to death for rapes which clearly never occurred.
The perversion of justice was so blatant that - such was the global outrage - a sea change began in American society that ultimately led to Barack Obama in the White House.
The story is told in two voices. Ruby Bates, whose lies condemned 9 innocent men to the electric chair and Alice Whittier, a campaigning journalist.
Prostitute Ruby Bates is so dirt poor in Depression America that she cannot afford a moral standpoint. Her survival choices are forced on her by bullying or bribery.. We… Read more
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A review by Valerie Rowland
Slovo brings scholarship and accomplished writing to this powerful tale of revolution, political idealism and disillusionment. Slovo's ice, snow and blizzards whirl through the pages, carrying the drama along; a counterpoint to the suffering of ordinary people caught up in the tragedy of war, betrayal and privation.
There is an obvious connection between Slovo's upbringing in South Africa, the daughter of anti-apartheid campaigners and her bold first attempt at a historical novel set in Stalinist Russia, a comparable period in history in which ordinary people struggled to survive repression and revolution. The child… Read more