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Emmett Till and the Mississippi Press
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Emmett Till and the Mississippi Press

Davis W. Houck and Matthew A. Grindy

Abstract

This book reveals how Mississippi journalists both expressed and shaped public opinion in the aftermath of the 1955 Emmett Till murder. Combing small-circulation weeklies as well as large-circulation dailies, the authors analyze the rhetoric at work as the state attempted to grapple with a brutal, small-town slaying. Initially coverage tended to be sympathetic to Till, but when the case became a clarion call for civil rights and racial justice in Mississippi, journalists reacted. Newspapers both reported on the Till investigation and editorialized on its protagonists. Within days, the Till cas ... More

Keywords: Mississippi journalists, Emmett Till murder, small-circulation weeklies, large-circulation dailies, rhetoric, civil rights, racial justice, Delta, class, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9781934110157
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781934110157.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Davis W. Houck, author

Matthew A. Grindy, author