We are excited to announce a unique author event! Our longtime friend Devery S. Anderson has recently published a nationally-acclaimed biography: Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement (published by the University Press of Mississippi), with foreword by Julian Bond. Devery will be here on Wednesday, Sep 16th, to speak about the book. He will be here at 5:30 to sign and chat and will begin speaking at 6 PM and will then be available to sign again after that. We hope you can make it to this fascinating event but, if not, we can hold a signed copy for pick-up or mail it to you. To RSVP on Facebook, visit here.
Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement offers the first truly comprehensive account of the 1955 murder and its aftermath. It tells the story of Emmett Till, the fourteen-year-old African American boy from Chicago brutally lynched for a harmless flirtation at a country store in the Mississippi Delta. His death and the acquittal of his killers by an all-white jury set off a firestorm of protests that reverberated all over the world and spurred on the civil rights movement. Like no other event in modern history, the death of Emmett Till provoked people all over the United States to seek social change.
For six decades the Till story has continued to haunt the South as the lingering injustice of Till’s murder and the aftermath altered many lives. Fifty years after the murder, renewed interest in the case led the Justice Department to open an investigation into identifying and possibly prosecuting accomplices of the two men originally tried. Between 2004 and 2005, the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the first real probe into the killing and turned up important information that had been lost for decades.
This book will stand as the definitive work on Emmett Till for years to come. Incorporating much new information, the book demonstrates how the Emmett Till murder exemplifies the Jim Crow South at its nadir. The author accessed a wealth of new evidence. Anderson has made a dozen trips to Mississippi and Chicago to conduct research and interview witnesses and reporters who covered the trial. In Emmett Till Anderson corrects the historical record and presents this critical saga in its entirety.
“No one knows more about this brutal murder and its contested legacy than Devery Anderson. In his long-anticipated and meticulously researched study, he has delivered, as we all expected, the definitive account of this case. Anderson has read every source, tracked every lead, assessed every claim, and weighed every piece of evidence in his passionate quest to know the truth. This is the Emmett Till book that historians have been waiting for, and it is the book that Emmett Till’s legacy deserves.”
–Christopher Metress, associate provost for academics, Samford University; editor of The Lynching of Emmett Till: A Documentary Narrative
Devery S. Anderson is a graduate of the University of Utah and is an editor at Signature Books in Salt Lake City. He has authored or coauthored several books on Mormon history, two of which won the Steven F. Christensen Award for Best Documentary from the Mormon History Association.
Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement. The University Press of Mississippi, 2015. 552pp. Hardback. $45.00
Other books by Devery Anderson:
Joseph Smith’s Quorum of the Anointed, 1842-1843: A Documentary History (with Gary Bergera). Signature Books, 2005. Hardback. $39.95
Nauvoo Endowment Companies, 1845-1846: A Documentary History (with Gary Bergera). Signature Books, 2005. Hardback. $49.95
The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History. Signature Books, 2011. Hardback. $49.95
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