The Blood of Emmett Till

The Blood of Emmett Till

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"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
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476714851
1476714851
9781476714844
1476714843
Branch Call Number: 364.134 Ty
Description: x, 291 pages ; 25 cm

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lukasevansherman
May 01, 2017

"Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him."-Carolyn Bryant Donham
The story of Emmett Till is well-known: Till, an African-American teenager from Chicago, was visiting relatives in Mississippi and talked to a white woman in a store named Carolyn Bryant. She claimed he said vulgar things to her and, simply on her testimony, he was kidnapped and brutally murdered. His killers went free. Timothy Tyson's new book opens with an interview with Bryant, now repentant and saying that nothing happened, certainly nothing to justify Till's murder. Aside from telling the story in detail, Tyson excels at capturing the racial climate of the time and setting the murder in its social and historical context. A story that should never be forgotten.

AL_LESLEY Mar 29, 2017

This is an enlightening book especially for people like me who knew almost nothing about about Emmett Till. I'm shocked that I knew so little about this subject... why was I not taught this in school? Tyson's well researched and well written book is one of many that have come out recently that all people should read.

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Jan 31, 2017

I had to add this to my for later list after watching Mr. Tyson today. I'm a "fan" of Blood Done Sign My Name; if that's what you can call it. We do need people to help us remember our past so we do not continue along the same path.
http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/historian-on-emmett-tills-accuser-recanting-story/

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