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

by Crowe, Chris [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Speak, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2018.Edition: Revised and updated Speak edition.Description: 144 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780451478726; 045147872X.Subject(s): Till, Emmett, 1941-1955 -- Juvenile literature | Lynching -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature | African Americans -- Crimes against -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature | African American teenage boys -- Mississippi -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Racism -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature | Trials (Murder) -- Mississippi -- Juvenile literature | Mississippi -- Race relations -- Juvenile literature | Biography | History | Juvenile worksSummary: "Presents a true account of the murder of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955 and the lasting impact of his death"-- Provided by publisher.
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<p> Revised and updated with new information, this Jane Adams award winner is an in-depth examination of the Emmett Till murder case, a catalyst of the Civil Rights Movement. <br> <br> The kidnapping and violent murder of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 was and is a uniquely American tragedy. Till, a black teenager from Chicago, was visiting family in a small town in Mississippi, when he allegedly whistled at a white woman. Three days later, his brutally beaten body was found floating in the Tallahatchie River. <br> <br> In clear, vivid detail Chris Crowe investigates the before-and-aftermath of Till's murder, as well as the dramatic trial and speedy acquittal of his white murderers, situating both in the context of the nascent Civil Rights Movement. Newly reissued with a new chapter of additional material--including recently uncovered details about Till's accuser's testimony--this book grants eye-opening insight to the legacy of Emmett Till.</p>

"The hate crime that helped spark the civil rights movement"--cover.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 138-140).

"Presents a true account of the murder of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955 and the lasting impact of his death"-- Provided by publisher.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. 11)
  • The Boy Who Triggered the Civil Rights Movement (p. 15)
  • Kicking the Hornets' Nest (p. 27)
  • The Boy from Chicago (p. 37)
  • The Wolf Whistle (p. 50)
  • Setting the Stage (p. 70)
  • Getting Away with Murder (p. 84)
  • Aftershocks (p. 107)
  • The Case in the Twenty-first Century (p. 122)
  • Time Line (p. 135)
  • Bibliography (p. 138)
  • Additional Resources on the Emmett Till Case (p. 141)
  • For Further Reading (p. 143)

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Horn Book Review

(Middle School, High School) ""The Emmett Till case was not the sole cause of the civil rights movement, but it was the final indignity that caused the flood of outrage to overflow the dam of racial injustice."" Getting Away with Murder is a sobering and insightful, if rather repetitive, account of the 1955 Mississippi murder trial of two white men for the killing of a fourteen-year-old black boy from Chicago. Crowe outlines the story, then fills in the particulars, piecing together from court testimony and contemporary articles and interviews the events leading up to Till's death. Readers are told early on that half brothers Roy Bryant and J. W. Milam, later described as smoking cigars and reading the newspaper during their trial, were found not guilty, despite strong evidence to the contrary. So the drama in the book comes not from the verdict but from the reconstruction of a national social climate that finally allowed for widespread denouncement of the euphemistically dubbed ""Southern way of life."" Crowe persuasively paints Emmett as an average teen, more interested in girls and the White Sox than politics and race relations, who didn't fully understand the risk he took when he left his relatively insular African-American neighborhood in Chicago for a summer visit with his great-uncle in Money, Mississippi. Among the many effective black-and-white photos included with the text is a casket shot of Emmett's bloated corpse, found in a local river a few days after the murder. The photo isn't a gratuitous one. Because Crowe refers repeatedly to the profound effect that this and other photos of Emmett's body had on both blacks and whites, it's something young readers need to see; though, like the entire story of Emmett's murder, it's not a picture of American history they will relish. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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