The book from which this article is adapted started as a doctoral thesis; it will be published under the title Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South by the Louisiana State University Press in January, 1969. The twenty-eightyear-old author, Dan T. Carter, is an assistant professor of history at the University of Maryland. We are proud to introduce this exciting historian in A MERICAN H ERITAGE .
HISTORY AT MIDDLE DISTANCE The charge was rape. The accuser was a southern white woman, the accused were Negroes. But what kind of woman was Victoria Price? And what had really happened aboard that freight train?