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The blood of Emmett Till
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Chicago, Illinois - Midwest (U.S.)
- United States
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1955 -- 20th century
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  Library Journal Review

More than 60 years after Emmett Till's brutal lynching in Mississippi, his name and story still resonate, the outline of which is well known to most: Till, a 14-year-old African American boy from Chicago-unversed, the story goes, in the ways of the Jim Crow South-whistled at a white woman, whose husband and brother-in-law later kidnapped, tortured, and killed him, dumping his body in the Tallahatchie River. Their guilt known to all, the murderers were nonetheless acquitted by an all-white, all-male jury. This was, of course, hardly the first time that such a miscarriage of justice prevailed, and it was one of the driving factors of the Great Migration. Black people were not merely seeking economic opportunities up North; they were fleeing racist terrorism, stoked by the ubiquitous White Citizens' Councils that formed in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education, in May 1954. With damning clarity, Tyson situates Till's murder squarely in this context and calls for us to confront our legacy of racist violence because "America," he writes, "is still killing Emmett Till." Unfortunately, the storytelling is marred by a stilted narration by Rhett S. Price. VERDICT A detailed account that skillfully treads familiar ground.["Highly readable.likely to remain the final account of the Till murder and trial and its impact in the United States and abroad": LJ 12/16 review of the S. & S. hc.]-Erin Hollaway Palmer, Richmond © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Reader Price has a deep, alluring voice reminiscent of old radio announcers. He brings an authentic-sounding Southern accent to the reading of historian Tyson's latest books,which revisits the 1955 murder of Emmett Till and the legacy of his tragic death in the civil rights movement. But Price has been given the near-impossible task of creating unique voices for innumerable figures: both men and women, old and young, black and white, Southern and Northern. Sometimes these voice characterizations fit smoothly into the narrative, but some distract the listener. (He even tries some unconvincing accents for the few foreigners quoted in the book: German, Czech, French, Italian, Dutch.) Still, his reading thrusts listeners into the horror of 14-year-old Emmett Till's murder, the trial of his murderers, the wisdom and strength of his mother's actions, and the role of Till's death in the ensuing civil rights struggles. A Simon & Schuster hardcover. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
* Longlisted for the National Book Award * A New York Times Notable Book * A Washington Post Notable Book * An NPR Best Book of 2017 * A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2017 * An Atlanta Journal-Constitution Best Southern Book of 2017 * <br> <br> This extraordinary New York Times bestseller reexamines a pivotal event of the civil rights movement--the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till--"and demands that we do the one vital thing we aren't often enough asked to do with history: learn from it" ( The Atlantic ).<br> <br> In 1955, white men in the Mississippi Delta lynched a fourteen-year-old from Chicago named Emmett Till. His murder was part of a wave of white terrorism in the wake of the 1954 Supreme Court decision that declared public school segregation unconstitutional. Only weeks later, Rosa Parks thought about young Emmett as she refused to move to the back of a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Five years later, Black students who called themselves "the Emmett Till generation" launched sit-in campaigns that turned the struggle for civil rights into a mass movement. Till's lynching became the most notorious hate crime in American history.<br> <br> But what actually happened to Emmett Till--not the icon of injustice, but the flesh-and-blood boy? Part detective story, part political history, The Blood of Emmett Till "unfolds like a movie" ( The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ), drawing on a wealth of new evidence, including a shocking admission of Till's innocence from the woman in whose name he was killed. "Jolting and powerful" ( The Washington Post ), the book "provides fresh insight into the way race has informed and deformed our democratic institutions" (Diane McWhorter, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Carry Me Home ) and "calls us to the cause of justice today" (Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the North Carolina NAACP).
Table of Contents
1Nothing That Boy Didp. 1
2Boots on the Porchp. 8
3Growing Up Black in Chicagop. 13
4Emmett in Chicago and "Little Mississippi"p. 25
5Pistol-Whipping at Christmasp. 35
6The Incidentp. 51
7On the Third Dayp. 56
8Mama Made the Earth Tremblep. 67
9Warring Regiments of Mississippip. 76
10Black Mondayp. 91
11People We Don't Need Around Here Any Morep. 107
12Fixed Opinionsp. 122
13Mississippi Undergroundp. 136
14"There He Is"p. 144
15Every Last Anglo-Saxon One of Youp. 160
16The Verdict of the Worldp. 177
17Protest Politicsp. 190
18Killing Emmett Tillp. 202
Epilogue: The Children of Emmett Tillp. 210
Acknowledgmentsp. 219
Notesp. 221
Bibliographyp. 265
Indexp. 283
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