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“Resentful of the Slant”

“Resentful of the Slant”

(September 7–September 9)

(p.44) Three “Resentful of the Slant”
Emmett Till and the Mississippi Press
Davis W. HouckMatthew A. GrindyKeith A. Beauchamp
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores how the newspapers from both Chicago and Mississippi portrayed the Emmett Till case. It explains that the Mississippi newspapers were leaning toward the acquittal of the two accused — Roy Bryant and John William Milam — noting in one of their articles that the people were not convinced that the two committed the crime. In Chicago, the news of Emmett Till’s murder was downplayed into a local issue, rather than a race relations issue of national importance.

Keywords:   newspapers, Emmett Till, race relations, John William Milam, Chicago, Mississippi, Roy Bryant

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