Below you will find you to analyze The Blood of Emmett Till. The answers to the following prompts are not intended to be full-blown essays like the Unit Exams. Instead, think of them as short-answer questions. One paragraph of good information should be enough to answer these prompts. It is imperative that you use evidence from the book to answer the questions. A lack of supporting evidence will result in point deductions.
Please don’t just rip information off of the internet and turn it in as your own writing. If you plagiarize, I will give you a zero for the assignment.
This exam is due on April 21 at 11:59 PM.
There are five prompts listed below. You need to answer FOUR of them:
After the Till verdict was delivered, one NAACP member stated, The jurors who returned this shameful verdict deserve a medal from the Kremlin for meritorious service in Communisms fight against democracy. How was Tills murder viewed through the lens of ? How and why did both segregationists and Civil Rights activists adopt Cold War rhetoric when making their arguments?
Aaron Henry, the leader of the NAACP in Clarksdale, MS, said, White folks have been killing black boys all my life . . . Just why the Emmett Till murder captured the conscience of the nation, I dont know. It could have been that it was the beginning of television and people could see things. Based on your reading of the book, what made Emmett Tills murder different from the lynchings that came before it? Why did it grip the nation’s conscience?
The author argued that the Till case helped galvanize what was now a national movement. Do you agree with the authors interpretation that the Till case was the most catalyst for the ? Why or why not? If not, what event was a more important catalyst for the activism of the 1950s and 1960s?
Tyson argues, Race worked in different ways in Chicago than it did in Mississippi, but there were similarities. Do you agree with the author? How was or different from southern society regarding racial issues? Use specific examples from the book.
In The Blood of Emmett Till, the role of the media is a central component of the story. Explain the role of the media before, during, and after the trial. How did newspapers and magazines shape the public response to the Till murder and trial?
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