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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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Trial by Print

Trial by Print

(p.79) 5 Trial by Print
In Remembrance of Emmett Till

Darryl Mace

University Press of Kentucky

As seen in chapter 5, trial coverage brought even greater scrutiny of Mississippi racial mores. Central to this chapter is a study of how national and regional news outlets chose to cover the trial (e.g., Associated Press newswire, United Press newswire, embedded reporters, stringer reporters, editorials, letters to the editor) as well as of which aspects of the trial and the milieu each publication found salient. This chapter also covers the dispute between Mamie Till-Mobley and the NAACP that led to a severing of ties between the two parties. Through their framing of the trial, regional and national publications put Mississippi mores under scrutiny as Tallahatchie County shepherded Roy Bryant and J. W. Milam through a farcical criminal proceeding.

Keywords:   Moses Wright, Sumner, MS, Sheriff H. C. Strider, NAACP/Mamie Till-Mobley Dispute, Judge Curtis Swango, District Attorney Gerald Chatham, United Press, Associated Press, Emmett Till Murder Trial, Segregation

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