A Death in the Delta: The Story of Emmett Till / Edition 1 available in Paperback
In August 1955, the mutilated body of Emmett Tilla fourteen-year-old black Chicago youthwas pulled from Mississippi's Tallahatchie River. Abducted, severely beaten, and finally thrown into the river with a weight fastened around his neck with barbed wire, Till, an eighth-grader, was killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman. The nation was horrified by Till's death. When the all-white, all-male jury hastily acquitted the two white defendants, the outcry reached a frenzied pitchspurring a fury that would prove critical in the mobilization of black resistance to white racism in the Deep South.
In this sensitive inquiry, historian Stephen J. Whitfield probes Till's death; its ideological roots; the potent myths concerning race, sexuality, and violence; and the incident's enduring effects on American national life. As he recreates the trial, its participants, and the social structure of the Delta, Whitfield examines how white rural Mississippians actually tried "two of their own." Though they were acquitted, these same defendants were soon being ostracized by their own neighbors, and within four months of Till's death, Southern blacks were staging the historic Montgomery bus boycottthe first major battle in the coming war against racial injustice that would lead to the passage of civil rights legislation a decade later.
|Publisher:||Johns Hopkins University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Stephen J. Whitfield is Max Richter Chair in American Civilization at Brandeis University. He is the author of A Death in the Delta: The Story of Emmett Till and A Critical American: The Politics of Dwight Macdonald
What People are Saying About This
"A powerful recreation of a terrifying episode in American race relations... Evocatively written and intellectually engaging, this book will appeal to anyone interested in understanding the roots of our continuing racial dilemma."
"A brilliant piece of workthe definitive book on the Till case."