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A death in the Delta : the story of Emmett Till, Stephen J. Whitfield

Label
A death in the Delta : the story of Emmett Till
Title
A death in the Delta
Title remainder
the story of Emmett Till
Statement of responsibility
Stephen J. Whitfield
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In August 1955, the mutilated body of Emmett Till -- a fourteen-year-old black Chicago youth -- was 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 pitch -- spurring 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 boycott -- the first major battle in the coming war against racial injustice that would lead to the passage of civil rights legislation a decade later
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Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
305.8/00975
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E185.61
LC item number
.W63 1991
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
A death in the Delta : the story of Emmett Till, Stephen J. Whitfield
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Reprint. Originally published: New York : Free Press, 1988
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-187) 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
Contents
The ideology of lynching -- Chicago boy -- Trial by jury -- The shock of exoneration -- Washington, D.C. -- Revolution -- Race and sex -- No longer white
Control code
ocm23941005
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 193 pages
Isbn
9780801843266
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91023071
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)23941005
Label
A death in the Delta : the story of Emmett Till, Stephen J. Whitfield
Publication
Note
Reprint. Originally published: New York : Free Press, 1988
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-187) 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
Contents
The ideology of lynching -- Chicago boy -- Trial by jury -- The shock of exoneration -- Washington, D.C. -- Revolution -- Race and sex -- No longer white
Control code
ocm23941005
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 193 pages
Isbn
9780801843266
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91023071
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)23941005

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