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.
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