Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case

This powerful book tells the true story of 14 year old Emmett Till's kidnapping and brutal murder in Mississippi in 1955 and tells about the trial that absolved his abductors and about his Mother's courageous work to tell Emmett's story to the rest of the world. Emmett, born and raised in Chicago was not prepared for Mississippi's Jim Crow laws and the rage that had grown in the white communities since the Brown v. Brown desegregation decision. He was visiting family in Money Mississippi when he approached a white woman and supposedly asked her for a date. Her husband, enraged, enlisted a friends help, kidnapped, tortured and killed the boy, and were found "not guilty" by a jury of 12 white men. Emmett's mother brought her son back to Chicago where pictures of his mutilated body went out to newspapers across the country. She then went on a national tour raising awareness of what had happened. Emmett's death became one of the touchstones that birthed the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's. Honor Book for Older Children, 2004.


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