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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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August Nights

August Nights

(p.21) 2 August Nights
In Remembrance of Emmett Till

Darryl Mace

University Press of Kentucky

Chapter 2 opens with the August night incident in Bryant's Meat and Groceries where Emmett Till wolf-whistled at Carolyn Bryant, and the chapter traces the subsequent events through the lynching. Analysis in this chapter links Emmett Till's wolf-whistle prank and the resultant murder to the broader fights for racial justice in the country. By highlighting when and in what manner regional and national news outlets introduced the kidnapping and murder, this chapter illuminates the ways in which media coverage utilized the Till lynching as a barometer measuring regional dispositions toward racial and gender norms.

Keywords:   Emmett Till, Carolyn Bryant, Roy Bryant, Wolf Whistle, J. W. Milam, Race, Gender, Miscegenation, Disposition, Print Media

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