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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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“M Is for Mississippi and Murder”

“M Is for Mississippi and Murder”

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In Remembrance of Emmett Till

Darryl Mace

University Press of Kentucky

Key to the analysis in chapter 4 is a study of how print media outlets presented their final framing of Mississippi and the Deep South on the eve of the trial. Across most of the country, those publications that chose to offer pretrial coverage depicted Mississippi along the lines found in the NAACP pamphlet “M Is for Mississippi and Murder,” in which this Deep South state was cast as the epitome of southern racial oppression. Much of the examination in this chapter focuses on those national and midwestern publications that sent reporters to Mississippi well ahead of the trial to set the scene for their readers. This chapter underscores the negative framing of Mississippi and points up the growing attacks on Roy Bryant and J. W. Milam as prototypically racist white Mississippians.

Keywords:   Chicago Defender, Mississippi, Racism, Deep South, Midwestern Press, National Press, Closed Society, Protest Rally, Journalism, 1955

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