The Blood of Emmett Till

The Blood of Emmett Till

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Longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction

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 ).

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.

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).
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476714844
1476714843
Branch Call Number: 364.134 TYS
Characteristics: x, 291 pages

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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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CMLibrary_gjd_0
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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