RACES: Blacks Aflame

It was a roaring cold morning in Scottsboro, Ala. when a truck full of "bad niggers" snorted through the streets and slithered out on an icy road north from town. Scottsboro whites knew they were "bad niggers" because heavy steel mesh sheathed the sides of the truck and its back door was locked. "Good nigger'' convicts going out to work the roads ride in ordinary trucks, not cages.

Inside the truck, as it jolted out of town, 22 shivering blackamoors convicted of burglary, manslaughter and assorted felonies lurched and jounced on their...

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