While visiting relatives in the Mississippi Delta in 1955, a 14-year-old African American boy from Chicago named Emmett Till violated racial taboos in a harmless exchange with a young white storekeeper, Carolyn Bryant. Three nights later, several of her kinsmen and family friends tortured the boy and threw his battered body in the river.
Part detective story, part political history, The Blood of Emmett Till is an explosive reconstruction of the lynching, the trial, and their crucial impact on our history. Timothy Tyson uses a range of sources — including the only interview ever given by Bryant, along with her unpublished memoir — to tell the definitive story, in which black power and a mother's courage confronted the atrocities.
Timothy Tyson is Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and Visiting Professor of American Christianity and Southern Culture at Duke Divinity School. He is also the author of Blood Done Sign My Name, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; and Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power, winner of the James Rawley Prize for best book on race.
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