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The Resource Let the people see : the story of Emmett Till, Elliott J. Gorn

Let the people see : the story of Emmett Till, Elliott J. Gorn

Label
Let the people see : the story of Emmett Till
Title
Let the people see
Title remainder
the story of Emmett Till
Statement of responsibility
Elliott J. Gorn
Title variation
Story of Emmett Till
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "While visiting family in Mississippi in August 1955, Emmett Till allegedly whistled at a white woman working behind the counter of a crossroads country store. Her husband and brother-in-law kidnapped the fourteen-year-old Chicago kid in the middle of the night and tortured, beat, and shot him. Three days later, his body rose from the Tallahatchie River, a cotton gin fan tied around his neck with barbed wire. Confronting her son's nightmarishly disfigured face, Mamie Till-Mobley, Till's mother, decided that his funeral in Chicago would be open-casket. 'Let the people see what they did to my boy.' The South Side church where her son's body lay in state kept its doors open day and night. More than one hundred thousand people came and saw his face. Millions more stared at the photographs of it published in the African American press, especially Jet magazine and the Chicago Defender. The pictures galvanized the black community. Journalists and activists drove down to the Mississippi Delta, and risked their lives interviewing townsfolk, encouraging witnesses, spiriting those in danger out of the region, and above all keeping the news cycle turning. Less than a month after Till's murder, despite strong evidence, a fair-minded judge, and prosecutors eager for a conviction, an all-white jury found Till's killers not guilty. For African Americans, the Till lynching and acquittal was a defining moment. Muhammad Ali, Rosa Parks, Anne Moody, John Lewis, and countless others later said that it changed their lives. They were 'the Emmett Till generation,' and they would help lead the greatest mass movement in twentieth-century America. His story haunts us still, its meanings blurring and shifting with time. Documentaries, histories, memoirs, and oral testimony have revealed new facts. In 2005, fifty years after the lynching, his murderers long dead, the FBI reopened the Till case. They reopened it again the summer of 2018, after new revelations came to light. Building on all the material, old and new, Elliott J. Gorn offers the most complete and immersive account of Emmett Till's story. Let the People See also probes its enduring truths, truths we confront with each fresh spasm of racial violence. Till is more with us today than at any time since 1955, his name invoked whenever another young black man falls victim. His face remains the face of racism, and, as Gorn shows us in this haunting and definitive account, we cannot turn away from it."--Dust jacket
  • August 1955. Fourteen-year-old Emmett Till from Chicago was murdered in Mississippi for having-- supposedly-- flirted with a white woman named Carolyn Bryant, who was working behind the counter of a store. His naked body was recovered in the Tallahatchie River, weighed down by a cotton-gin fan. Till's killers were acquitted, but details of what had happened to him became public; the story gripped the country and sparked outrage. It continues to haunt the American conscience. In 2005 the FBI reopened the case. With access to new evidence and a broadened historical context, Gorn considers how and why the story of Emmett Till still resonates, and likely always will. -- adapted from jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1951-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gorn, Elliott J.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Till, Emmett
  • Till-Mobley, Mamie
  • Till, Emmett
  • Till-Mobley, Mamie
  • Lynching
  • African Americans
  • Racism
  • Trials (Murder)
  • Hate crimes
  • United States
  • Mississippi
  • African Americans
  • Hate crimes
  • Lynching
  • Race relations
  • Racism
  • Trials (Murder)
  • Mississippi
  • Mississippi
  • United States
Label
Let the people see : the story of Emmett Till, Elliott J. Gorn
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 380 pages
Isbn
9780199325122
Lccn
2018001885
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO
Other control number
40028658637
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1038032905
Label
Let the people see : the story of Emmett Till, Elliott J. Gorn
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 380 pages
Isbn
9780199325122
Lccn
2018001885
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO
Other control number
40028658637
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1038032905

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