The Murder of Emmett Louis Till

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Although emancipated, blacks remained unequal and were far from free. In 1955 Mississippi was a state run by the white man. Segregation was highly practiced and was taken very seriously. Blacks were not allowed to associate with whites in no shape or form; unless they were taking orders from them. If the white man felt as though he had been disrespected by a negro then he felt he had every right to teach that negro a “lesson”. An example of this situation is that of the death of Emmett Till. The death of Emmett Till brought to light the horrific effect of the Jim Crow segregation laws and was an early stimulus for the Civil Rights movement. In 1955 Emmett louis Till and his brother Wheeler were living in their uncle Moses’s house for the summer. Emmett allegedly wolf whistled at a white woman one evening, and later that night was taken from his uncles home. His mother Mamie Till was then notified that her son had been kidnapped. Emmett was brutally beaten, killed and then thrown into a river left to be found later by children fishing in the river. After they found Emmetts body the sheriff arrested Roy Bryant and his half brother J.W milam for murder. They say that there was a third person in the murder but no one else was ever put on trial for it. This act of violence shows what kind of society the blacks and the whites were living in. Black folk new that they had to keep their opinions and thoughts to themselves because their lives were at stake. At Emmetts funeral the

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