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The Murder of Emmett Till

"In August 1955, a fourteen-year-old black boy whistled at a white woman in a grocery store in Money, Mississippi. Emmett Till, a teen from Chicago, didn't understand that he had broken the unwritten laws of the Jim Crow South until three days later, when two white men dragged him from his bed in the dead of night, beat him brutally and then shot him in the head. Although his killers were arrested and charged with murder, they were both acquitted quickly by an all-white, all-male jury." This site was designed to supplement a PBS film by the same title. Included here are supplementary materials including a synopsis of the film, transcripts, interviews, links to biographies of people involved, and teacher's guide.
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michael miller
michael miller (Faculty)
7 years ago

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.

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The site is well-organized and easy to navigate.

Time spent reviewing site: 45 minutes