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The Blood of Emmett Till

The extraordinary New York Times bestseller that reexamines the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till

By Timothy B. Tyson
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The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson

The New York Times bestseller, The Blood of Emmett Till (2017), retells the horrific details of the abduction and lynching of a 14-year-old African-American boy in 1955. Emmett Till’s murder highlighted the realities of white terrorism in America, and helped catalyze the civil rights movement.

  • Anyone who wants to educate themselves on racial segregation in American history
  • People who want to know more of the birth of the civil rights movement
  • Students studying US history and race relations

Timothy B. Tyson is the author of Blood Done Sign my Name (2005), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is also the winner of the Grawemeyer Award in Religion and the Southern Book Award for Nonfiction. As a professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, he teaches about religion, racial issues and civil rights in the South.

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