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Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America Paperback – December 28, 2004
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This book moved me to tears simply because of the fact that Mrs. Till never hated or wanted revenge for these men. She just wanted them to show some remorse and hoped that their little boys didn't grow up with the same kind of hatred that killed her son. This book clarified a lot of the myths that I have heard over the years about his death and also showed how strong and determined his mother was. He was her only child, the only boy, and yet she pushed and kept on fighting for him. They brought him home in a box filled with lime so he could deteriorate faster, and she said he didn't even look human, but she fought and never lost in the war of racism. She opened that box that was sealed by the state of Mississippi, and said "let the world see what I've seen". I think that this book is an eye-opener for anyone not familiar with Mississippi and for people that are, it is a raw look at the ugly truth. Mrs. Till went on to become a teacher and influenced lots of more kids with the passion that she would have given Emmett, and I thank her for this look into a heart that was wounded beyond repair and thanks to God, she made it. We made it. Emmett will never be forgotten, his story lives on still.
Mamie Till-Mobley was a courageous woman whose story is very moving. She talks about her youth, her family, her relationship with Emmett, the lives of Blacks in the south and in Chicago. Her story would be an important one solely because she lost a child to violence. However, her story is much, much more. She stands with other Black women of the 20th century: Marian Anderson, Rosa Parks, Coreta Scott King, the mothers of the girls killed in the church bombings.Read more ›
The book is Emmitt's story - and that of his mother - written in what I can only assume is her voice: it is plain, simple, and almost bursts with a mother's pride, love and joy for her son. This, of course, makes the reading all the more powerful and tragic reading her reaction and emotions upon learning of the death of her son. The book is also the story of the Civil Rights Movement - of what the Jim Crow south was like, of its petty indignities, the daily injustices African-Americans had to face, and of the brutal realities those who did not "play by the rules" faced. For me, these were equally powerful - too many think only of lunchcounter sit-ins, Rosa Parks and the bus boycott, or Brown v. Board (the Supreme Court decision ironically handed down the same year of Emmitt's death.) This is a reminder that it was much more about who gets to eat or sit where.
The first quarter of the book is a bit dull as Mamie Till shares the minutae and details of Emmitt's growing up; this later serves to heighten the emotional impact of her loss. The retelling Mamie gave her son before he went to Mississippi to visit family is chilling: always respond with "Ma'am" or "Sir" when speaking to a white person. Don't look white folks in the eye. When a white approaches, step off the sidewalk into the street, look down, and don't look back when they pass.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the book from beginning to end. Very insightful and thought provoking. The flow of the story kept moving and wasn't bogged down with details. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marianne Martz
One of the best books I have ever read. It is the story of a mother who experiences what no one should have to experience and is not bitter about it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
My great grandmother and Mamie were sister's. Its a beautiful to finally see the truth revealed in this book. People have speculated and postulated for years about Emmett. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ireial
Very moving. It doesn't seem as though we as a society have learned that history repeats itself and we must conscienously try to not make the same mistakes. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tyme4change
Appreciate the book but it came very dirty and had stuff all over the front of it but pages were fine.Published 6 months ago by Charles Khoilan
Well written and heart felt. Tells the rest of the story we never knew.Published 7 months ago by Calvin Mitchell
I chose three stars because there were no pictures unlike the paperback copy.
If this version had pictures I would have rate it a 5.