Emmett Till Prep

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Emmett Till Prep Describe what is happening Lynching=racially motivated executions 1955, beginning of the civil movement; Sunder, Mississippi Till was from the North and was unfamiliar with the heavy discrimination in  the South In the North, Till had classmates who were white and had dated white girls  in the past From Chicago—went down to visit his relatives Murdered for “talking fresh” to a white woman in a store The store owner and brother in law went after Till Came in the middle of the night with guns—uncle had to let them go Till was lynched—mutilated, beaten, shot, tied his body to the fan of the  cotton gin and threw him in the river His body was so disfigured, the only way they could identify him was by  the ring on his finger Mother wanted an open casket ceremony so people could see the  consequences of discrimination—what they did to her son Jet magazine publishes the photo of Emmett Till’s mutilated body This spreads nationally what the south is like—puts a face to the problem During the hearing, the court was segregated Even Till’s mother and a black congressman (from Michigan) had to sit in  the back It is the first time a black man (Till’s uncle Mose Wright) testifies against a  white person After an hour deliberation, the jury decided on a “not guilty” verdict 
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2010 for the course USH 101 taught by Professor Saks during the Spring '10 term at University of Miami.

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