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A Death in the Delta: The Story of Emmett Till

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In August 1955, the mutilated body of Emmett Till — a fourteen-year-old black Chicago youth — was pulled from Mississippi's Tallahatchie River. Abducted, severely beaten, and finally thrown into the river with a weight fastened around his neck with barbed wire, Till, an eighth-grader, was killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman. The nation was horrified by Till's death. When the all-white, all-male jury hastily acquitted the two white defendants, the outcry reached a frenzied pitch — spurring a fury that would prove critical in the mobilization of black resistance to white racism in the Deep South.

In this sensitive inquiry, historian Stephen J. Whitfield probes Till's death; its ideological roots; the potent myths concerning race, sexuality, and violence; and the incident's enduring effects on American national life. As he recreates the trial, its participants, and the social structure of the Delta, Whitfield examines how white rural Mississippians actually tried two of their own. Though they were acquitted, these same defendants were soon being ostracized by their own neighbors, and within four months of Till's death, Southern blacks were staging the historic Montgomery bus boycott — the first major battle in the coming war against racial injustice that would lead to the passage of civil rights legislation a decade later.

Synopsis:

Here is the full, shocking story of the lynching that exposed the true brutality of the nation's tradition of racism to a confident prosperous post-World War II America and helped ignite the 1960s civil rights movement.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 175-187) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801843266
Author:
Whitfield, Stephen J.
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Author:
Whitfield, Stephen J.
Location:
Baltimore :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
African American Studies - History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Legal History
Subject:
Trials (Murder)
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Racism
Subject:
Southern states
Subject:
Trials
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Afro-Americans -- Mississippi.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
United States - State & Local - South
Subject:
Southern States Race relations.
Subject:
Racism -- Southern States -- History.
Subject:
African American Studies-Black Heritage
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Copyright:
Series Volume:
P2734
Publication Date:
19911131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.18x6.15x.61 in. .60 lbs.

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