The murder in Mississippi of a wolf-whistling Chicago teenager, at the hands of white supremacists, continues to resonate. Emmett Till and the Mississippi Press shows why. Thanks to its prodigious research and tart observations, this book amplifies our knowledge of a vicious crime and an unjust acquittal, and also illuminates the political and journalistic atmosphere that proved so rancid that it could not be sustained. --Stephen J. Whitfield, author of A Death in the Delta: The Story of Emmett Till
From the Publisher
---Creates one of the few books on the Till case to focus on newspaper accounts of the murder and its aftermath
---Offers a new reading of the defense's initial strategy of declaring "justifiable homicide"
---Examines carefully many documents, columns, reports, and other papers that have not been previously studied in-depth
---Gives a fresh perspective on a murder that helped spur the Civil Rights movement