“Duke professor Tyson describes the 1955 death of 14-year-old Emmett Till at the hands of white Southerners, the bias involved in their trial and how these events set the modern civil rights movement into motion.”
Featured in LA Times’ Best Non-Fiction Books of 2017.
“Timothy B. Tyson’s shocking new book about Till’s murder reveals that the woman who accused Till now admits that he was not guilty of any inappropriate behavior.”
Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.
“Tyson’s absorbing retelling of the events leading up to the horrific lynching in 1955 includes an admission from Till’s accuser that some of her testimony was false.”
Featured in New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2017.
“Tyson clears away the myths that have accumulated over the decades and restores the immediacy of this quintessentially American tragedy.”
Featured in Washington Post’s 50 Notable Non-Fiction Books of 2017.
The New York Times bestseller, The Blood of Emmett Till is a powerful examination of the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till and how this became a pivotal event in the civil rights movement. This murder was the most notorious hate crime in American history
The colored fourteen year old boy from Chicago was murdered in the named year by white men in the Mississippi Delta. This lynching was only part of the wave of white terrorism in the wake of the 1954 Supreme Court decision that declared public school segregation unconstitutional.
Emmett’s murder was at the forefront on Rosa Parks’s mind when she refused to move to the back of a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama only weeks later. Five years later, Black students who called themselves “the Emmett Till generation” launched sit-in campaigns that turned the struggle for civil rights into a mass movement.
This story is deeper than Emmett’s role as icon of injustice though. This book retells what truly happened to the young man in this combination of detective story and political history. It brings to the forefront a wealth of new evidence, including a shocking admission of Till’s innocence from the woman in whose name he was killed.
The highly recommending reviews for this books have been astounding:
“Unfolds like a movie.” – The Atlanta Journal
“Jolting and powerful.” – The Washington Post
“Provides fresh insight into the way race has informed and deformed our democratic institutions” – Diane McWhorter, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Carry Me Home
“Calls us to the cause of justice today” – Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the North Carolina NAACP.