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The Murder of Emmett Till

Rating: 4 stars
Used in Course: Not used in course
Submitted by: michael miller (Faculty), Nov 21, 2010

Companion website to PBS American Experience documentary, The Murder of Emmett Till (2003). Although the video is not linked, this site provides relevant learning context for the 1955 abduction and murder of this 14 year old boy, and how the crime served to catalyze the civil rights movement. The site includes various features, such as sections on “teens and segregation” (comparing Mississippi, then and now, to the North), the meaning and significance of sex to racial dominance, the functions of lynching in the South, and more. This site could also serve as a benchmark from which to launch class discussion about the extent to which race relations have changed over time and place.

Technical Remarks:

The site is well-organized and easy to navigate.

Time spent reviewing site: 45 minutes