The blood of Emmett Till

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The blood of Emmett Till
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New York
Simon & Schuster
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
x, 291 pages ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-281) and index.
Nothing that boy did -- Boots on the porch -- Growing up black in Chicago -- Emmett in Chicago and "Little Mississippi" -- Pistol-whipping at Christmas -- The incident -- On the third day -- Mama made the earth tremble -- Warring regiments of Mississippi -- Black Monday -- People we don't need around here any more -- Fixed opinions -- Mississippi underground -- "There he is" -- Every last Anglo-Saxon one of you -- The verdict of the world -- Protest politics -- Killing Emmett Till -- Epilogue: The children of Emmett Till.
The event that launched the civil rights movement- the 1955 lynching of young Emmett Till- now reexamined by an award-winning author with access to never-before-heard accounts from those involved as well as recently recovered court transcripts from the trial. In 1955, a fourteen-year -old black boy named Emmett Till, who had come down from Chicago to visit relatives in Mississippi, was murdered by a group of white men. He had gone into a small country store a few days earlier and made flirtatious remarks to a white woman, twenty-one-year-old Carolyn Bryant; Bryant's husband and brother-in-law were two of Till's attackers. They were never convicted, but Till's lynching became one of the most notorious hate crimes in American history. It set off a wave of protests across the country, helped the NAACP gain thousands of members, and inspired famous activists like Rosa Parks to stand up and fight for equal rights for the first time. Part detective story, part political history, Timothy Tyson's The Blood of Emmett Till revises the history of the Till case, not only changing the specifics that we thought we knew, but showing how the murder ignited the modern civil rights movement. Tyson uses a wide range of new sources, including the only interview ever given by Carolyn Bryant; the transcript of the murder trial, missing since 1955 and only recovered in 2005; and a recent FBI report on the case. In a time where discussions of race are once again coming to the fore, The Blood of Emmett Till redefines a crucial moment in civil rights history. -- Publisher description.
Timothy B. Tyson
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yson paints a sometimes disturbing picture of the circumstances that led up to the vicious murder of a 14-year-old child from Chicago on summer vacation in Mississippi. Carolyn Bryant, the accuser who led Till to his premature and brutal death, finally opens up about what happened on that fateful day half a century ago that spawned a national movement and forced the U.S. to acknowledge its shameful secret. Bryant acknowledges that Till did whistle at her, but admits that it did not justify his execution. So, why did her husband at the time and brother-in-law feel the need to take murderous measures to defend her honor? He got out of line and assaulted the unspoken Southern way of life at that time. Not staying in one's place is what got Emmett killed, and for that, this racially-motivated crime touched off the Civil Rights Movement, and still has lingering effects on society today.