Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement

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University Press of Mississippi
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6.1 X 9.2 X 1.5 inches | 2.2 pounds

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About the Author

Devery S. Anderson earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Utah and a master's in publishing from George Washington University. He is editor or coeditor of four books related to Mormons and the West, two of which won the Steven F. Christensen Award for Best Documentary from the Mormon History Association in 2006. His book Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement was the basis for the ABC miniseries Women of the Movement.


Drawing on new evidence and interviews with Till's family members, witnesses to the murder, and reporters who covered the trial that exonerated the accused killers, Anderson offers a very detailed examination of the murder and its significance in the long history of racial abuses in the South under Jim Crow. He details the lives of Emmett and Mamie Till, his mother, in Chicago; the fateful trip to Mississippi; and the aftermath. In a separate section, Anderson looks at how the story of Till's death reemerged after 50 years and sparked an intense investigation, including the exhumation of Till's body. He concludes with his own theory about the case and its legacy, a fund to investigate cold cases of civil rights murders prior to 1970. Photographs enhance this very thorough and compelling look at the murder that galvanized the civil rights movement and continues to act as a rallying call for racial justice.--Vanessa Bush "Booklist "
Devery S. Anderson's Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement provides a full and detailed picture of the murder of Emmett Till and its legacy. While there have been numerous books and several documentaries on Till's murder, trial, and its aftermath--including the posthumously published Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America by Till's mother--Mr. Anderson's book takes readers deep inside the political psyche and cultural mindset of Mississippi at the time. Emmett Till is masterfully researched, drawing on public archives and public collections to present the most detailed account of this horrific story.--W. Ralph Eubanks "Wall Street Journal "
Anderson's essential book--written as a compelling unfolding narrative--is clearly the product of exhaustive research. The books digs deep and offers a richness of information that is always meticulous and often new in its intricate specifics, background, and follow-up. Anderson combs historical documents, conducts major archival research, and interviews witnesses and others still living who knew Emmett Till, had some involvement, or covered the trial. As a result, this book is recommended for those coming to the topic for the first time, but also for those who have long studied the case. For those informed readers, Anderson treats the history with a detail that has not before been available.--Harriet Pollack "American Historical Review "