Analysis Of The Emmett Till Story '

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Ja’Lexus Floyd Katrina Smith July 28, 2015 Research Paper The Emmett Till Story “Wolf-Whistle Jury Sets Murder Defendants Free” read the headlines of the Florence Morning News newspaper, highlighting the end of Milam and Bryant’s trial (page 1). Roy Bryant and his brother-in-law, John W. Milam, were accused of murdering a 14-year-old Emmett Till. Emmett Louis Till, who went by the name “Bobo”, was an African American boy born on July 25, 1941 in Chicago Illinois. He was the only child of Louis and Mamie Till. Emmett never knew his father, a private in the United Stated during World War II. Three years after Louis and Mamie separated, Louis was executed. According to a letter sent to Mamie Till, he had been killed due to deliberate misconduct while serving in Italy: Mrs. Till was given very few details of her husband’s death. Despite her tragic loss, Mamie was not your average African American woman growing up in 1920s and ‘30s. She was the fourth black student to graduate from Chicago’s Argo Community High, a predominately white school. She was also the first black student to make the school’s “A” Honor Roll. Being a single mother, in order to provide for her son she worked long hours for the Air force as a clerk (“Emmett Till” 2015). Till was born into a very loving family. He grew up in a solid middle-class, black neighborhood surrounded by grandparents and many other relatives. He lived in a place known for its thriving, black-owned establishments including beauty salons,
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