- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Lulu.com; 2 edition (July 20, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1411638433
- ISBN-13: 978-1411638433
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.4 x 10.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,510,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Emmett Till Book 2nd Edition
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The Emmett Till Book by Susan Klopfer documents the murder and it's aftermath of this Africa American child. Klopfer weaves an intriguing story of the hatred and lawlessness that existing during the 1950's and beyond. It reads like a great thriller, told with breathtaking detail carefully constructed from court documents and other historical records, eye witness accounts, and news articles at the time. Even though it's focuses on America during the mid 1900s, Emmett Till is a timeless tale that cuts open many more issues in the human experience than simply the brutal murder of a teenaged boy.
The Emmett Till Book is harder hitting than To Kill a Mockingbird and well worth the read. I highly recommend this powerful book.
"Following [the June 21] conviction of Edgar Ray Killen on three charges of manslaughter for the 1964 murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman in Neshoba County, Mississippi, it has been typical to hear triumphant declarations such as this one by Jim Prince III, editor of The Neshoba Democrat: 'We pronounce a new dawn in Mississippi, one in which the chains of cynicism and racism have been broken and we are free, free at last, thank God Almighty we are free at last!'
"It is at best delusional and at worst a deception to view Killen's conviction as meaningful expiation for Mississippi's notorious racist crimes. To begin with, there are nine other living suspects whom the prosecution did not pursue. More to the point, however, are the lines of culpability that extend well beyond Killen and well beyond the Neshoba County klavern of the White Knights. We must look instead to the racist state government of Mississippi of the 1950s, 60s and 70s and to federal complicity in the state's crimes.... Susan Klopfer is determined to tell the truth about Mississippi and about America and she does a great deal of that truth telling in the pages of this book.
"Klopfer's book is one of the first to look closely at the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, the state spy agency whose anti-civil rights activities included providing intelligence and money to the Klan. Klopfer also examines the roles of powerful people like Senator James O. Eastland, who received regular reports from the Sovereignty Commission. We cannot begin to fathom the nature of racial repression in Mississippi without knowing what Klopfer reveals in her book. It is no exaggeration to say that Mississippi of the 1950s and 1960s was a totalitarian police state....
"America's greatness rests on the countless brave souls, like Chaney, Schwerner and Goodman, who have stood up for justice on its soil, in the name of this nation's own democratic principles. The nobility of these American citizens is not always understandable without some measure of the evils that they have faced. Klopfer's truth telling brings careful scrutiny to the long and ongoing history of racial repression in Mississippi and the resistances to it. "