Let the People See: The Story of Emmett Till

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A young black boy from out of state allegedly whistles at a white woman in a store. The abduction & murder of Emmett Till shocks the world in August 1955. The circumstances in and around the grisly murder have been exaggerated by rumor and myth. The environment of 1950s Mississippi was overwhelmed by the segregation imposed on the African Americans who lived and toiled there. The majority of Southern whites felt the African Americans beneath their stature. The battle for civil rights was in its infancy. The Brown V. Board of Education ruling of 1954 still hadn’t resonated in the South. The murder of Till would further inflame racial tensions. The racial inequalities would surface in the trial of the two men accused of Till’s murder and would result in their acquittal. The true answers to the case would emerge over the passing decades, the case serving as a clarion call for civil rights.

Let the People See is a harrowing account of a racially motivated murder. The author has written a true crime account tinged with politics that is timely and vital in our history. It is not an easy read, the violence and racism are vivid and cringeworthy, but the past is not always pretty. We must understand the past to realize the wrongs done and work towards a future filled with harmony and peace.

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Author Elliot Gorn
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 400 pages
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publish Date 2018-Nov-01
ISBN 9780199325122
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Issue December 2018
Category History


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