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Getting away with murder : the true story of the Emmett Till case

Author: Chris Crowe
Publisher: New York : Phyllis Fogelman Books, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Presents a true account of the murder of fourteen-year-old, Emmett Till, in Mississippi, in 1955.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Juvenile works
Juvenile books
Juvenile literature
Biography Juvenile literature
Named Person: Emmett Till; Emmett Till; Emmett Till
Material Type: Biography, Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chris Crowe
ISBN: 0803728042 9780803728042
OCLC Number: 49699347
Description: 128 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: The boy who triggered the civil rights movement --
Kicking the hornets' nest --
The boy from Chicago --
The wolf whistle --
Setting the stage --
Getting away with murder --
Aftershocks.
Responsibility: by Chris Crowe.
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Presents a true account of the murder of fourteen-year-old, Emmett Till, in Mississippi, in 1955.

The kidnapping and murder of Emmett Till is famous as a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement. Emmett Till, a fourteen-year-old Black teenager from Chicago, was visiting family in a small town in Mississippi during the summer of 1955. Likely showing off to friends, Emmett allegedly whistled at a white woman. Three days later his brutally beaten body was found floating in the Tallahatchie River. The extreme violence of the crime put a national spotlight on the Jim Crow ways of the South, and many Americans-Black and white-were further outraged at the speedy trial of the white murderers. Although the two white men were tried and acquitted by an all-white jury, they later bragged publicly about the crime. It was a galvanizing moment for Black leaders and ordinary citizens, including such activists as Rosa Parks. In clear, vivid detail Chris Crowe investigates the before-and-aftermath of the crime, as well as the dramatic court trial, and places it into the context of the nascent Civil Rights Movement.

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