The Blood of Emmett Till

The event that launched the civil rights movement is redefined in light of new information.

By Timothy B. Tyson Read by Rhett S. Price African American / History - United States / Nonfiction / True Crime English, Unabridged 9h 19m Sell Sheet
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Description
							Mississippi, 1955: fourteen-year-old Emmett Till was murdered by a white mob after making flirtatious remarks to a white woman, Carolyn Bryant. Till's attackers were never convicted, but his lynching became one of the most notorious hate crimes in American history. It launched 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, Tyson revises the history of the Till case, using a wide range of new sources, including the only interview ever given by Carolyn Bryant. In a time where discussions of race are once again coming to the fore, Tyson redefines this crucial moment in civil rights history.
Reviews

"Tyson's remarkable achievement is that each thread is explored in detail, backstories as well as main events, while he maintains a page-turning readability for what might seem a familiar tale...a powerful reminder that certain stories in history merit frequent retelling." - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Tyson offers new perspectives in this searing account, which is especially relevant today given the Black Lives Matter movement and the rise of the so-called alt-right and its echoes of white supremacy...An indispensable inquiry." - Booklist, Starred Review

"Bolstered by prodigious research...the well-presented details...add atmosphere. In addition, Tyson is masterful at explaining how the Till murder became a major cause of the civil rights movement. Especially resonant today is the author's focus on obtaining voting rights for blacks in Southern states that denied those rights before the Till murder....Tyson skillfully demonstrates how, in our allegedly post-racial country, a 'national racial caste system' remains in place." - Kirkus Reviews

"This highly readable book is likely to remain the final account of the Till murder and trial and its impact in the United States and abroad. It will appeal to anyone interested in African American history and the judicial process." - Library Journal

"The events of that bitter morning, their motivations and ramifications, have found a meticulous, if not their most exhaustive, retelling in Timothy B. Tyson's "The Blood of Emmett Till," an account of absorbing and sometimes horrific detail. Comprehensive in scope..." - New York Times

3.5 out of 4 stars - USA Today

"Compelling...we have reason to revisit a period in our history when bigotry, blood, and sacrifice became a call to action." - Vanity Fair