Books: Non-Fiction

Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case

Book — Non-fiction. By Chris Crowe. 2003. 128 pages.
Photos and narrative for high school students.
Themes: Civil Rights Movements

gettingawayThe kidnapping and murder of Emmett Till is famous as a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement. Emmett Till, a fourteen-year-old Black teenager from Chicago, was visiting family in a small town in Mississippi during the summer of 1955.

Till was lynched for allegedely whistling at a white woman. His brutally beaten body was found floating in the Tallahatchie River. The extreme violence of the crime put a national spotlight on the Jim Crow ways of the South, and many Americans — Black and white — were further outraged at the speedy trial of the white murderers.

Although the two white men were tried and acquitted by an all-white jury, they later bragged publicly about the crime. It was a galvanizing moment for Black leaders and ordinary citizens, including such activists as Rosa Parks. In clear, vivid detail Chris Crowe investigates the before-and-aftermath of the crime, as well as the dramatic court trial, and places it into the context of the nascent Civil Rights Movement. [Publisher’s description.]

ISBN: 9780803728042 | Dial