Emmett Till

  • by Devery S. Anderson
  • Narrated by Brandon Church
  • 21 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Emmett Till offers the first truly comprehensive account of the 1955 murder and its aftermath. It tells the story of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African American boy from Chicago brutally lynched for a harmless flirtation at a country store in the Mississippi Delta. His death and the acquittal of his killers by an all-white jury set off a firestorm of protests that reverberated all over the world and spurred on the civil rights movement. Like no other event in modern history, the death of Emmett Till provoked people all over the United States to seek social change.
For six decades the Till story has continued to haunt the South as the lingering injustice of Till's murder and the aftermath altered many lives. Fifty years after the murder, renewed interest in the case led the Justice Department to open an investigation into identifying and possibly prosecuting accomplices of the two men originally tried. Between 2004 and 2005, the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the first real probe into the killing and turned up important information that had been lost for decades.
This book will stand as the definitive work on Emmett Till for years to come. In Emmett Till, Anderson corrects the historical record and presents this critical saga in its entirety.
The book is published by University Press of Mississippi.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

An important story narrated with power and warmth

What did you love best about Emmett Till?

It is such an important book, part of our country's history and is a pattern we see again and again in today's world.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It is heartbreaking the amount of empathy I have for Emmett.

Have you listened to any of Brandon Church’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't but he is fantastic. Such a wonderful voice, used with such power.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was. I wish I could have listen to it all at once.

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- R. Nance

Powerful story, well written and easy to follow

If you could sum up Emmett Till in three words, what would they be?

Many people look to Rosa Parks or Martin Luther King as the start of the Civil Rights Movement. But Mr. Anderson shows how a gruesome murder in Mississippi in 1955 sparked outrage and led to the modern Civil Rights Movement. It was not segregation that led to the Civil Rights Movement it was blatant disrespect for humanity and injustice that woke up the world to an unjust system.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Emmett Till?

The trial held in Sumner, Mississippi and the outcome.

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Any additional comments?

Great book!

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- Patrick

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-14-2016
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks