• The Blood of Emmett Till

  • By: Timothy B. Tyson
  • Narrated by: Rhett S. Price
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-02-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (134 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Mississippi, 1955: 14-year-old Emmett Till was murdered by a white mob after making flirtatious remarks to a white woman, Carolyn Bryant. Till's attackers were never convicted, but his lynching became one of the most notorious hate crimes in American history. It launched protests across the country, helped the NAACP gain thousands of members, and inspired famous activists like Rosa Parks to stand up and fight for equal rights for the first time. Part detective story, part political history, Tyson revises the history of the Till case using a wide range of new sources, including the only interview ever given by Carolyn Bryant. In a time where discussions of race are once again coming to the fore, Tyson redefines this crucial moment in civil rights history.
©2017 Timothy B. Tyson (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 07-15-17


In 1955 an all-white male jury found the two white defendants not guilty of killing a black boy even though they had confessed to the crime. This is one of the worst incidents of “Southern Justice” in our nation’s history. The victim was a fourteen-year-old black boy from Chicago who was visiting a relative in Mississippi. The boy who had polio when younger was accused of provoking a white woman, Carolyn Bryant, with a wolf whistle and flirtation. Her husband, Roy Brant and her half -brother, J. W. Milan, then beat-up and lynched the boy.

Many books have been written about this case. What sets Tyson’s book apart is the broad view he used to examine the lynching. Tyson does an excellent job with the courtroom scenes. The book is well written and meticulously researched. Tyson examined the records including the trial transcripts and interviews of most of the people involved, including a rare interview with the late Carolyn Bryant. Apparently, Carolyn Bryant wrote her memoir. The manuscript and related papers have been sealed until 2038. The author delves into the social and economic forces that drove Roy Bryant and J. W. Milan to kill Till. Tyson then ties up the case to include the ongoing problems of inequality of justice for blacks today. Tyson is a historian at Duke University so the book is more academic than many books written on the subject.

The book is just over eight and a half hours long. Rhett S. Price does a good job narrating the book. Price is an actor and audiobook narrator.

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5 out of 5 stars
By M J Leake on 04-28-18

The details of The Civil Rights ERA

Would you consider the audio edition of The Blood of Emmett Till to be better than the print version?

I read book, as the audio played and enjoyed them bot novel immensely. I would have to lean towards audio because of the narrator's voices.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All who died seeking justice, Emmitts Mother and my Hero, Medgar Evers. All who stood in the presence of hatred and evil which is more than than many had the guts do.

What does Rhett S. Price bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator was essential in providing dialogue with voices to stimulate and intrigue the listener.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

An Era of death and truth.

Any additional comments?

This novel tells the story I had known since I was a young adult.

However, the author provided documentary style detailed information connecting the various significant points of interest revealing the era, the people, the culture, the best and worst of people who lived and died during a horrible time in American History.

The most significant aspect of the novel is the author's ability to reveal a timeline of specifics surrounding the death of Emmitt Till shaping the reader's thoughts with knowledge about a period setting your emotions on fire.

When people speak of the Civil Rights Era, the details are rarely known or discussed. Because of the thousands of deaths during that period, each US State should erect Memorials and Monuments to recognize the deaths of so many people who merely wanted justice.

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