Scholarly Works On Emmett Till (With Links)

I’ve been doing some more reading lately on Emmett Till, and wanted to share some of the more interesting scholarly articles I’ve run across:

[BOOK] A Death in the Delta: The Story of Emmett Till

SJ Whitfield – 1991 –
In August 1955, the mutilated body of Emmett Till—a fourteen-year-old black Chicago youth—
was pulled from Mississippi’s Tallahatchie River. Abducted, severely beaten, and finally 
thrown into the river with a weight fastened around his neck with barbed wire, 
Till, an 

Behold the corpse: Violent images and the case of Emmett Till

C Harold, KM DeLuca – Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 2005 –
Abstract The widely disseminated image of Emmett Till’s mutilated corpse rhetorically 
transformed the lynched black body from a symbol of unmitigated white power to one 
illustrating the ugliness of racial violence and the aggregate power of the black community

 [CITATION] Emmett Till: The sacrificial lamb of the civil rights movement

C Hudson-Weems – 2000 – Bedford Pub

 [BOOK] The lynching of Emmett Till: A documentary narrative

C Metress – 2002 –
At 2: 00 AM on August 28, 1955, fourteen-year-old Emmett Till, visiting from Chicago, was 
abducted from his great-uncle’s cabin in Money, Mississippi, and never seen alive again. 
When his battered and bloated corpse floated to the surface of the Tallahatchie River 

 [BOOK] Literacy and racial justice: The politics of learning after Brown v. Board of Education

C Prendergast – 2003 –
 However, by late sum- mer of 1955, that all would change. In mid-August 1955, a
fourteen-year-old Black boy named 
Emmett Till went to visit his relatives in the tiny rural
community of Money, Mississippi. 
 By the next day, Emmett Till was dead. 

[CITATION] ‘I Wanted the Whole World to See’: Race, Gender, and Constructions of Motherhood in the Death of Emmett Till

R Feldstein – Not June Cleaver: Women and Gender in Postwar …, 1945

[BOOK] A wreath for Emmett Till

M Nelson – 2005 –
In 1955, people all over the United States knew that Emmett Louis Till was a fourteen-year-
old African American boy lynched for supposedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi. 
The brutality of his murder, the open-casket funeral, and the acquittal of the men tried for 

Comparative newspaper handling of the Emmett Till case

W Breed – Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 1958 –
Abstract Eleven newspapers, Negro and white, from North and South, were studied 
regarding their treatment of the 
Emmett Till murder case in Mississippi. Only one paper fitted 
the stereotype of bias, a small Mississippi daily. But qualitative analysis showed North-

The high and low tech of it: The meaning of lynching and the death of Emmett Till

J Goldsby – The Yale Journal of Criticism, 1996 –
Two months ago I had a nice apartment in Chicago…. I had a good job. I had a son. When 
something happened to Negroes in the South, I said:’That’s their business, not mine.’… Now I 
know how wrong I was. The murder of my son has shown me that what happens to any of 

Reopening the Emmett Till Case: Lessons and Challenges for Critical Race Practice

MM Russell – Fordham L. Rev., 2004 – HeinOnline
* Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law. AB, Princeton University; JD, Stanford Law School; JSM, Stanford Law School. The author extends deep thanks to the following people for support and assistance: symposium organizer Sheila Foster; symposium co-panelists 

[CITATION] Stormy weather: Katrina and the politics of disposability
HA Giroux – 2006 – Paradigm Pub

Struggle against Hate Crime: Movement at a Crossroads, The

TA Maroney – NYUL Rev., 1998 – HeinOnline
 Examples of hate crime abound as well in recent US history: the murders of Emmett Till,7 Medgar
Evers,8 and Vincent Chin;9 church bombings and attacks on peaceful black protesters during
the civil rights movement of the 1960s;10 and the white-supremacist-inspired murders 

[CITATION] A case study in Southern justice: the Emmett Till case

HS Whitaker – 1999 –
 URN, etd-05272004-140932. Title, A Case Study in Southern Justice: The Emmett Till Case.
Degree, Master of Arts.  William W. Rogers, Committee Member. Keywords, Emmett Till; Lynching;
Race Relations; Southern History. Date of Defense, 1999-08-01. Availability, unrestricted 

Racial Quotas and the Jury

AW Alschuler – Duke law journal, 1995 – JSTOR
 44:704 One’s thoughts might turn to a time more recent than Scottsboro-the summer of 1955,
when in Money, Mississippi, Emmett Till, a fourteen-year-old African-American visitor from Chicago,
accepted a dare to speak to a white woman.10 “Bye, Baby,” he said. 

 [CITATION] A Death in the Delta: The Story of Emmett Till

SJ Whitfield – Baltimore: Johns, 1988

 [CITATION] The dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the speech that inspired a nation

DD Hansen – 2005 – Harper Perennial

Crossburning and the Sound of Silence: Antisubordination Theory and the First Amendment

CR Lawrence III – Vill. L. Rev., 1992 – HeinOnline
 America who has not been taught the significance of this instru- ment of persecution and
intimidation, who has not had embla- zoned on his mind the image of black men’s scorched bodies
hanging from trees, and who does not know the story of Emmett Till.10 One can only 

 [CITATION] Reflections on a murder: the Emmett Till case

WM Simpson – … : Essays in History in Honor of …, 1981 – University of Mississippi Press …

Reading Hurricane Katrina: Race, class, and the biopolitics of disposability

HA Giroux – College Literature, 2006 –
 Henry A. Giroux. Emmett Till’s body arrived home in Chicago in September 1955.  Shaila Dewan
points out that “[m]utilated is the word most often used to describe the face of Emmett Till after
his body was hauled out of the Tallahatchie river in Mississippi. 

[DOC] The shocking story of approved killing in Mississippi

WB Huie – Look, 1956 –
 Emmit Till. The Lynching of Emmett Till. In the summer of 1955, Mamie Till gave in to
her son’s pleas to visit relatives in the South.  But the case was an important turning
point in America’s civil rights struggle. The Murder of Emmett Till.