Book Review of A Death In The Delta:The Story of Emmett Till by Stephen J.Whitfield

4763 WordsApr 15, 199720 Pages
Slavery and Mississippi during the nineteenth and twentieth century went hand and hand. Along with this slavery came prejudice, bigots, racism, and perhaps the worst of all; lynching. Lynching was commonly accepted in the south during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Governors approved, sheriffs turned a blind eye, southern blacks accepted, and for the most part the rest of the United States ignored it. Lynching in the south was seen as check on society, not a criminal offence it helped keep 'those niggahs in order.' However, there was one lynching in the summer of 1955 that the nation could not ignore; the press, NAACP, and Mrs. (Mammie) Till Bradley made sure of this. The lynching sent shock waves through most of the…show more content…
The two then tied a hundred pound fan to Emmett's neck and tossed the body into the Tallahachie river. A few days later a white man found Emmett's body miles down from were he had been thrown in. The body was so badly mutilated the only way it could be identified was by the ring on this finger. Sheriff Strider ordered the body to be buried immediately. Mrs.(Mammie)Bradley Till insisted the body be flown back to Chicago for proper services. The sign of Emmett caused Mrs.(Mammie) Bradley to collapse and cry 'Lord, take my soul'. Thousands of Chicago blacks filed past the open casket at the funeral home soon thereafter. Mrs. Bradley vowed that this murder would not go unnoticed. Back in Mississippi Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam were arrested for the kidnapping and murder of Emmett Till. Mrs. Bradley's vow came true as every major Newspaper, Television Network, Radio Station, and Black Organization (NAACP) was present at the trial and reported the happening to all of the Nation and many European Nations as well. Right from the beginning the trial was smeared by prejudice, and propaganda. The jury consisted of all white males because they were the only people in Mississippi that were registered to vote. Jury duty and registration to vote went hand and hand. Immediately the segregation of Mississippi was brought to the eyes of the Nation, the NAACP used this as fuel to strengthen their organization and purpose through propaganda. The large media

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