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In Remembrance of Emmett TillRegional Stories and Media Responses to the Black Freedom Struggle$
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Darryl Mace

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813145365

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813145365.001.0001

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Emmett Till's America

Emmett Till's America

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In Remembrance of Emmett Till

Darryl Mace

University Press of Kentucky

Chapter 1 sets the stage for the lynching by illuminating the legacies of racism, Jim Crow, lynching, regionalism, World War II racism, Cold War race relations, and Brown v. Board of Education. Placing Emmett Till's family within the long history of the Great Black Migration, this chapter underscores the dissonance between Chicago race relations and Mississippi race relations as well as the growing racial tensions in the wake of the Brown decisions. Throughout, this chapter points up how black press outlets underlined the growing racial tensions and the white backlash against integration efforts. This chapter makes clear the fact that the Till lynching was part of a longer legacy of racial conflict in this country, a conflict that the black press covered in great detail.

Keywords:   Jim Crow, Mississippi, Chicago, Lynching, Great Migration, Brown v. Board of Education, Black Press, Race Relations, Cold War, Regionalism

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