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Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement (Race, Rhetoric, and Media Series)

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M. Howard, a local businessman, surgeon, and civil rights proponent and one of the wealthiest black people in the state, warned of a "second civil war" if "slaughtering of Negroes" were allowed.

Strider changed his account after comments were published in the press denigrating the people of Mississippi, later saying: "The last thing I wanted to do was to defend those peckerwoods. On a Wednesday evening in August, Till allegedly flirted with and grabbed the hand of Carolyn Bryant, a white woman who worked as the cashier at a local market.Using DNA from Till's relatives, dental comparisons to images taken of Till, and anthropological analysis, the exhumed body was positively identified as that of Till. In 2017, historian and author Timothy Tyson released details of a 2008 interview with Carolyn Bryant, during which, he alleged, she had disclosed that she had fabricated parts of her testimony at the trial. Till's cousin Curtis Jones said the photograph was of an integrated class at the school Till attended in Chicago. Mamie Till-Bradley arrived to testify, and the trial also attracted black congressman Charles Diggs from Michigan.

After Till went missing, a three-paragraph story was printed in The Greenwood Commonwealth and quickly picked up by other Mississippi newspapers. And yet even though we always believed the truth would be told one day, we still were shocked by the telling on the day it finally was told. Till's interaction with Bryant, perhaps unwittingly, violated the unwritten code of behavior for a black male interacting with a white female in the Jim Crow-era South. Bryant had testified Till grabbed her waist and uttered obscenities but later told Tyson "that part's not true".

Anderson's book takes readers deep inside the political psyche and cultural mindset of Mississippi at the time. It's important to have people in power make a statement with these kinds of laws that the crimes that the laws address are not going to be accepted, they're not going to be tolerated,” Benson said. that] manages to turn the past into prophecy and demands that we do the one vital thing we aren’t often enough asked to do with history: learn from it. Throughout the South, interracial relationships were prohibited as a means to maintain white supremacy.

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