The Lynching of Emmett Till

The Lynching of Emmett Till

A Documentary Narrative

Book - 2002
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Univ of Virginia

At 2:00 A.M. on August 28, 1955, fourteen-year-old Emmett Till, visiting from Chicago, was abducted from his great-uncle’s cabin in Money, Mississippi, and never seen alive again. When his battered and bloated corpse floated to the surface of the Tallahatchie River three days later and two local white men were arrested for his murder, young Till’s death was primed to become the spark that set off the civil rights movement.

With a collection of more than one hundred documents spanning almost half a century, Christopher Metress retells Till’s story in a unique and daring way. Juxtaposing news accounts and investigative journalism with memoirs, poetry, and fiction, this documentary narrative not only includes material by such prominent figures as Hodding Carter, Chester Himes, Eleanor Roosevelt, James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Eldridge Cleaver, Bob Dylan, John Edgar Wideman, Lewis Nordan, and Michael Eric Dyson, but it also contains several previously unpublished works—among them a newly discovered Langston Hughes poem—and a generous selection of hard-to-find documents never before collected.

Exploring the means by which historical events become part of the collective social memory, The Lynching of Emmett Till is both an anthology that tells an important story and a narrative about how we come to terms with key moments in history.



Baker & Taylor
Uses excerpts from newspapers and editorials and accounts of the murder and trial to examine the lynching of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till in 1955, in a volume which also contains selections from poems, songs, interviews, essays, and memoirs relating to the incident.

Book News
It has been claimed that the lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 was the spark that set off the American civil rights movement. In this volume, Metress (English, Samford U.) weaves together excerpts from newspapers and editorials of the day, which provide sometimes-contradictory accounts of the murder and trial. The anthology also contains selections from poems, songs, interviews, essays, and memoirs relating to the incident. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2002
ISBN: 9780813921228
0813921228
9780813921211
081392121X
Branch Call Number: 305.8009 TILL LYNCH
Characteristics: xii, 360 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Metress, Christopher

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