Books: Fiction

Mississippi Trial, 1955

Book – Fiction. By Chris Crowe. 2003.
Historical fiction about the murder of Emmett Till for high school students.

Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: Racism & Racial Identity

mississippitrialThis historical novel, by Chris Crowe, is set around the murder of Emmett Till, a crime which prompted a national outcry in 1955 and served as one of the triggers for the modern Civil Rights Movement. Told through the eyes of a white teenage boy, this book describes the boy’s series of revelations about his family and other people of the town, and he forms a clearer view of the evils of racism, and the values he hopes to live up to.

Winner of the 2003 International Reading Association Award for Young Adult Novel.

ISBN: 9780142501924 | Published by Puffin Books.