The Murder of Emmett Till A Graphic History

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  • Copyright: 2020-07-24
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Incorporating the latest research, The Murder of Emmett Till is the first text to present this shocking crime--which still powerfully reverberates--in a graphic history format. Historian Karlos Hill and illustrator Dave Dodson provide a riveting narration of the events surrounding the murder
of young Emmett Till in a graphic format. Hill's meticulous research provides readers with both the context to place the crime in its wider historical setting and the primary sources to analyze the case in detail. Suggestions for how to effectively use the graphic history in the classroom make The
Murder of Emmett Till an ideal text for courses in American and African American history.

Table of Contents

List of Maps

Part I. The Graphic History
1. The Whistling Incident
2. The Kidnapping
3. The Murder
4. The Trial and Aftermath

Part II. The Historical Context
The Mississippi Delta and the Culture of Southern Segregation
Lynching and Racial Violence in the South
The Great Migration
Civil Rights Activism in Mississippi
Massive Resistance
The Decision to Travel to Mississippi
The Whistling Incident
The Kidnapping and Murder
Emmett Till's Open Casket Funeral
The Emmett Till Murder Trial and Jim Crow Justice
Look Magazine and The Shocking Story of an Approved Killing
The Historical and Contemporary Significance of the Emmett Till Murder

Part III. The Documents
Document Overview
1. Photo of Emmett Till
2. Photo of Emmett Till's Open Casket
3. Photo of Mamie Till at Emmett Till Burial
4. Two White Men Charged with Kidnapping Negro (Delta Democrat-Times, August 30, 1955)
5. Muddy River Gives up Body of Brutally Slain Negro Boy (Memphis Commercial Appeal, September 1, 1955)
6. Designed to Inflame (Jackson Daily News, September 2, 1955)
7. Meddling in Local Case Creates Problems (Greenwood Morning Star, September 6, 1955)
8. Mother's Tears Greet Son Who Died a Martyr (Mattie Smith Colin, Chicago Defender, Sept 10, 1955)
9. Nation Shocked, Vow Action in Lynching of Chicago Youth (Chicago Defender, September 10, 1955)
10. Thousands At Rites for Till (Robert Elliott, Chicago Defender, September 10, 1955)
11. Emmett Till Murder Trial Transcript, Direct and Cross Examination of Mamie Till
12. Emmett Till Murder Trial Transcript, Direct Examination of Carolyn Bryant
13. Fair Trial Was Credit to Mississippi (Greenwood Morning Star, September 23, 1955)
14. Till's Mom, iggs Both Disappointed (Mattie Smith Colin, Chicago Defender, October 1, 1955)
15. Excerpt of The Shocking Story of Approved Killing in Mississippi (William Bradford Huie, Look Magazine, January 24, 1956)
16. Mamie Bradley's Untold Story, Installment VIII (Mrs. Mamie Bradley, Chicago Defender, June 9, 1956)

Part IV. Conclusion
Further Reading
Questions for Discussion and Further Research
The Emmett Till Murder: A Timeline
Lynching and Racial Violence in American History: A Timeline
Using Emmett Till: A Graphic History in the Classroom

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