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Emmett Till and the Mississippi Press$
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Davis W. Houck and Matthew A. Grindy

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781934110157

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781934110157.001.0001

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date: 19 October 2018

“Comely Carolyn”

“Comely Carolyn”

(September 2–September 6)

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(p.26) Two “Comely Carolyn”
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Emmett Till and the Mississippi Press
Author(s):

Davis W. Houck

Matthew A. Grindy

Keith A. Beauchamp

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781934110157.003.0003

This chapter explores the impact of Carolyn Bryant’s involvement in the abduction and murder of Emmett Till. It notes that Carolyn Bryant was the woman that Emmett Till flirted with, which subsequently caused his subsequent abduction and murder by Carolyn’s husband Roy Bryant and his half-brother John William Milam. It explains that Mississippians valued white female beauty, adding that white men were extremely protective of it and even prone to punish black men who had come to appreciate it, which may have been the driving force behind the murder of Emmett Till.

Keywords:   white female beauty, Carolyn Bryant, Emmett Till, Roy Bryant, John William Milam, murder

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