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Emmett Till and the Mississippi Press

Davis W. Houck and Matthew A. Grindy

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110157
eISBN:
9781604733044
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110157.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This book reveals how Mississippi journalists both expressed and shaped public opinion in the aftermath of the 1955 Emmett Till murder. Combing small-circulation weeklies as well as large-circulation ... More


Galvanizing the Emmett Till Generation

Darryl Mace

in In Remembrance of Emmett Till: Regional Stories and Media Responses to the Black Freedom Struggle

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780813145365
eISBN:
9780813145488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813145365.003.0007
Subject:
History, African-American History

Chapter 6 analyzes the posttrial reaction, covering the period from September 24, 1955, through the responses to the January 24, 1956, publication of “The Shocking Story of Approved Killing in ... More


In Remembrance of Emmett Till

Darryl Mace

in In Remembrance of Emmett Till: Regional Stories and Media Responses to the Black Freedom Struggle

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780813145365
eISBN:
9780813145488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813145365.003.0008
Subject:
History, African-American History

Chapter 7 looks at what happened to the key actors in the Till trial, and this chapter analyzes the myriad of memorials that have sprung up to commemorate the life and death of Emmett Till. Key to ... More


“Every Last Anglo-Saxon One of You”: (September 19–September 23)

Davis W. Houck, Matthew A. Grindy, and Keith A. Beauchamp

in Emmett Till and the Mississippi Press

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110157
eISBN:
9781604733044
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110157.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter discusses the trial of Emmett Till. It notes that the trial became so sensationalized that the whole nation watched the court room drama unfold. It adds that reporters from as far as ... More


In Remembrance of Emmett Till: Regional Stories and Media Responses to the Black Freedom Struggle

Darryl Mace

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780813145365
eISBN:
9780813145488
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813145365.001.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

Amid general unification behind anticommunism, Emmett Louis Till's 1955 lynching engendered regional stories and illuminated racial dispositions that placed center stage all the vitriolic hatred that ... More


Bound to Violence: Lynching, the Holocaust, and the Limits of Representation

Jodi Eichler-Levine

in Suffer the Little Children: Uses of the Past in Jewish and African American Children's Literature

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814722992
eISBN:
9780814724002
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814722992.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explores some of the darkest questions facing the telling of pasts to children, including those about the imagery of violence and the horror of genocide. It begins by focusing on Emmett ... More


Retrospective Prospects

Davis W. Houck, Matthew A. Grindy, and Keith A. Beauchamp

in Emmett Till and the Mississippi Press

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110157
eISBN:
9781604733044
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110157.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter discusses the misconceptions about Emmett Till. It contends that the speculations surrounding Emmett Till are missing some simple facts: his actions may have been just playful adolescent ... More


Emmett Till, Justice, and the Task of Recognition

Courtney R. Baker (ed.)

in Humane Insight: Looking at Images of African American Suffering and Death

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039485
eISBN:
9780252097591
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039485.003.0004
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines how the political ideas that would come to shape the civil rights movement in America were fomented and sometimes nearly thwarted by focusing on the many visual encounters with ... More


“Like Father—Like Son”: (October 1955–January 1956)

Davis W. Houck, Matthew A. Grindy, and Keith A. Beauchamp

in Emmett Till and the Mississippi Press

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110157
eISBN:
9781604733044
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110157.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter explores the attempts to establish parallels between Louis Till and his son, Emmett. It explains that in an investigation conducted by the U.S. Senate, it was discovered that Louis Till ... More


“Sowing Seeds of Hatred”: (August 28–September 1)

Davis W. Houck, Matthew A. Grindy, and Keith A. Beauchamp

in Emmett Till and the Mississippi Press

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110157
eISBN:
9781604733044
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110157.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter explores the events surrounding Emmett Till’s abduction and subsequent death. It contends that the violence surrounding Emmett Till’s death is rooted in the 1954 ruling of the U.S. ... More


. Mississippi Goddam: Emmett Till’s Photographs and Geographic Identity

Sandy Alexandre

in The Properties of Violence: Claims to Ownership in Representations of Lynching

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036651
eISBN:
9781621030423
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036651.003.0006
Subject:
History, African-American History

In August 1955, fourteen-year-old Emmett Till, an African American, was lynched to death by two white men in Mississippi after he wolf whistled at a white woman. The story of Till’s lynching, along ... More


Introduction

Davis W. Houck, Matthew A. Grindy, and Keith A. Beauchamp

in Emmett Till and the Mississippi Press

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110157
eISBN:
9781604733044
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110157.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter discusses how public opinion on racial relations was formed and reformed during the “Emmett Till case.” It explains that a careful reading of Mississippi newspaper articles, editorials, ... More


“Comely Carolyn”: (September 2–September 6)

Davis W. Houck, Matthew A. Grindy, and Keith A. Beauchamp

in Emmett Till and the Mississippi Press

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110157
eISBN:
9781604733044
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110157.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter explores the impact of Carolyn Bryant’s involvement in the abduction and murder of Emmett Till. It notes that Carolyn Bryant was the woman that Emmett Till flirted with, which ... More


August Nights

Darryl Mace

in In Remembrance of Emmett Till: Regional Stories and Media Responses to the Black Freedom Struggle

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780813145365
eISBN:
9780813145488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813145365.003.0003
Subject:
History, African-American History

Chapter 2 opens with the August night incident in Bryant's Meat and Groceries where Emmett Till wolf-whistled at Carolyn Bryant, and the chapter traces the subsequent events through the lynching. ... More


“Forgotten as Quickly as Possible”?: (September 24–September 30)

Davis W. Houck, Matthew A. Grindy, and Keith A. Beauchamp

in Emmett Till and the Mississippi Press

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110157
eISBN:
9781604733044
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110157.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter describes the impact of the acquittal of the two accused, Roy Bryant and John William Milam, in the Emmett Till murder case. Newspapers exhibited mixed reactions to the outcome of the ... More


“The World Is Watching”: (September 10–September 18)

Davis W. Houck, Matthew A. Grindy, and Keith A. Beauchamp

in Emmett Till and the Mississippi Press

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110157
eISBN:
9781604733044
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110157.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter examines the preparations made by both sides in the trial of Emmett Till. It relates how lawyers Sidney Carlton, J.W. Kellum, J.J. Breland, John W. Whitten, and Harvey Henderson, formed ... More


“Resentful of the Slant”: (September 7–September 9)

Davis W. Houck, Matthew A. Grindy, and Keith A. Beauchamp

in Emmett Till and the Mississippi Press

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110157
eISBN:
9781604733044
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110157.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter explores how the newspapers from both Chicago and Mississippi portrayed the Emmett Till case. It explains that the Mississippi newspapers were leaning toward the acquittal of the two ... More


“What a Man!”

in Of War and Men: World War II in the Lives of Fathers and Their Families

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226467429
eISBN:
9780226470023
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226470023.003.0012
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter discusses various events in the 1950s in the U.S. related to struggle, rebellion, agony, and the black civil rights movement. It discusses three major events in the watershed year of ... More


Mamie Till Bradley: October 29, 1955, Bethel Ame Church

Davis W. Houck and David E. Dixon

in Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604731071
eISBN:
9781604737608
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604731071.003.0003
Subject:
History, African-American History

Born on November 23, 1921, near Webb, Mississippi, Mamie Till Bradley became a heroine of the civil rights movement after making a brave and bold stand in connection with the brutal slaying of her ... More


The Trial

Simeon Booker

in Shocking the Conscience: A Reporter's Account of the Civil Rights Movement

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617037894
eISBN:
9781617037900
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617037894.003.0006
Subject:
History, African-American History

In this chapter, the author narrates his coverage of the trial of J. W. Milam and Roy Bryant, who were accused for the kidnapping and murder of fourteen-year-old Chicago boy, Emmett Till. With Judge ... More


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