The Blood of Emmett Till Book Summary (PDF) by Timothy B. Tyson

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Why This Book Matters:

The Blood of Emmett Till discusses what happened in the lynching of a teenage black boy in 1955.

The Big Takeaways:

  1. Pro-segregationists killed to defend their racist beliefs without fear.
    1. If Being black meant that any kind of tension between you and another person could get you killed.
  2. Bigotry is a learned behavior, not something people are born with.
    1. Black people were cautious about the way they acted in public as not to cross any lines that would land them in serious trouble.
  3. After Emmett’s abduction, his family demanded justice for him even though they were aware of the risks this posed.
    1. Emmett’s mother, Mamie Bradley, knew Mississippi officials wouldn’t help, so she contacted the press in Chicago, including black newspapers.
  4. After Emmett Till’s lynching, the power of media reached people and prompted them to seek justice for the boy.
    1. Although some people took action, white supremacist groups continued their terror attacks against blacks.
  5. Till received no justice, which only added fuel to the civil rights movement.
    1. The all-white jury showed explicit prejudice in the murder case, as did the biased evidence from the prosecution’s side.

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