• Emmett Till

  • The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement
  • By: Devery S. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Brandon Church
  • Length: 21 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)
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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.

©2015 University Press of Mississippi (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks

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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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Excellent exposition

lots of detail about this event
I was 8years old at the time in Chicago. Places and names were quite revealing and brought the time to life for me.

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Good book. it is a shame those men got away with murder. I am so happy those days are over. I believe the man Milan, the tall bald headed man was the one who really killed Emmett, the other man Bryant seemed too timid. He may have contributed to the beating but Milan was the actual culprit. Emmett's mother was the true hero, I thank God for her strength , courage , and love. If it had not been for Mrs. Mamie's courage to display her son's brutal murder to the world, no one would have known how bad it was out there in Mississippi. The trial was a joke, I heard the two men Milan and Bryant died from cancer, I hope they suffered dearly before they died

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The most riveting and thorough account ever!

I am a teacher, and I teach lessons that include The Civil Rights Movement. This book was the most riveting and thorough account of Emmett Till's murder and every possible detail involved before and afterward that exists. It's a MUST for history teachers.

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Compelling Narrative

The subject matter combined with the engrossing narration makes this book an absolute must buy. A friend recommended it to me and I was afraid it that it would be a little boring because it's a history book. Boy was I wrong. This narrator is AWESOME! I'm glad I decided to spend this month's credit on it.

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A frightening story about an era I can only read about. I hope the lack of justice after the brutal murder of a boy is a thing of the past. I guess the Martin case proves that's not quite true.

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Mannnnn this was a great listen!

Would you listen to Emmett Till again? Why?

Yes!

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

The aftermath of the trial. It exposed more details than what I was exposed to before.

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The narration really brought the story to life!

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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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yes.

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Great book!

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MANY FACTUAL HISTORICAL HORRID EVENTS COVERED WELL

This is absolutely what's known by this author's work as the truthful HORRID account of one SENSELESS MURDER, but well told by known historical facts, of the COLD, BRUTAL, SENSELESS MURDER of a Chicago's INNOCENT black 14yo EMMITT TILL while he was visiting some family in Mississippi of August 1955. VERY EMOTIONAL reading with what Emmitt's mother went through trying to get justice for her only child from when he was killed until she died herself!!
Reading this caused me GREAT SHAME as a Southerner as it should effect all Southerners in our country!! To learn of how the murder tried to be covered up by some of Mississippi officials by them claiming that the body couldn't be Emmitt Till and more!!
Even MORE tragedies occurred after Emmitt's burial because of where he was placed in Chicago. MORE shameful acts that are just SHOCKING that had actually happened in our own country's awful events in our own history at that time!!
This book tells about all of this!! WELL DONE by author, Devery S Anderson! Easy to follow all of the many events and traumas to so many people!!
I can easily, HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book for the explained factual historical known events described within for those wanting to learn more of our country's ugly Southern history after our Civil War.
If you want to learn the known truth of this August 1955 EMMITT TILL murder and the attempted cover up, THIS BOOK IS WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR!!

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unbelievable and captivating

I have grown up never hearing the story of Emmett Till until I was in my mid-to-late twenties. I'm now in my forties I'm telling my children about him. This book gave me an insight and knowledge that I never even knew. Along with all the TV series and movies that have come out I didn't know their name. Now to this book I can credit how I'm able to research and look up more information and learn more about mr. and mrs. till. this book holds my heart dear because I am a mother of three sons and could not see myself existing if it is said happened to one of mine. she was strong Mamie till she was courageous and when she broke the whole world felt her I thought the Shivers hearing it through the story.