When and where did the murder of Emmett Till take place? How old was Emmett at the time of his death?
Money, Mississippi. Taken on August 25, 1955. Found dead August, 28 1955. 14years old
What was life like in Chicago compared to the south?
more laid back. The segregation wasn’t as extreme. Blacks had many more opportunities and much more freedom. Well-paying jobs churches, newspapers, and businesses Racial violence was relatively rare. The quality of life--housing, education, employment, entertainment, and social opportunities--was significantly better for Blacks and whites in Chicago’s than it was in Southern cities (Crowe 27).
What was Emmett’s life like in Chicago? What was his relationship with his mother like?
“Elementary School, an all-black-school, and lived in a segregated neighborhood-- his life in Chicago was a good one” (Crowe 28). Was not well educated or aware of how bad things were in the south. (pg. 28). Had a great relationship with his mom, and he worked hard to please her.
According to pgs. 40-43, what were some of the things that Emmett may have enjoyed during his life? (Ex: TV shows, music, books, sports teams etc.).
sports - he highly favored the Chicago White Sox (MLB). TV. BooksMusic
What caused Emmett Till’s murder? Name important places, people, and events that took place that started and led to his death.
Emmett’s friend’s decided to skip out on church headed over to “Bryant’s Grocery and Meat Market” Emmett was bragging about how he has “been with white women” before and his friends dared him to go into the store and ask Carolyn Bryant out on a date. He went and asked “how about a date baby?” Her husband was out of town and by the time he returned, she decided she wasn’t going to tell him but he ended up hearing through talk from the rest of town. Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milam went and tracked Emmett down at his Uncle Mose’s house and took him away. That was the last anyone ever saw of him. 3 days later they found his body in the Tallahatchie River.
Name the two people who were responsible for Emmett’s death. Did they have any help? If so, who?
Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam. They had help from two unnamed black men.
They legalized segregation between blacks and whites. Jim Crow laws mandated the segregation of public schools, public places and public transportation, and the segregation of restrooms, restaurants and drinking fountains for whites and blacks.
Why did Mrs. Bradley request an open-casket viewing? What effect did this have in the media
She wanted the people to see what they did to her boy. More intense print and photo coverage
Before trial proceedings started, how did whites in Money, MS feel about the two men? (pg. 71)
They were horrified, the men were not liked in community, many felt they overstepped their white authority
Explain why the white citizens in Money, MS felt that their Southern culture was in danger.
On edge because of Brown v. Board of education, on the defensive, hostile reaction from country wanted to preserve way of life
What was the defense team’s strategy in court? (pg. 75-76)
Provide jury members with an easy out, Make sure they couldn’t prove it beyond a reasonable doubt, rebuild the image of the two men, spread rumor that Emmett Till was alive
Describe what happened during Mamie Till Bradley’s testimony. (pg. 89-90)
mourning death while trying to punish killers, poised and clear-headed, fashionably dressed, air of confidence, answers direct and to the point, using good English and speaking in audible tone. Disputed her ability to identify the body - how can she recognize disfigured corpse?
Describe what happened during Willie Reed’s testimony. (pg. 91-92)
young 18 year old boy, and he was intimidated by the white people. The defense lawyers continually objected and then tried to create doubt Then they tried to weaken his credibility by trying to prove he was too far away.
What does the Sheriff say after Milam and Bryant are acquitted? What is the importance of his comment?
If the people who are sending him threatening letters come down to MS, the same thing will happen to them that happened to Emmett.
Black Friday was named after southern racism won the battle in the Emmett Till case
Describe what civil rights activist did after the trial.
They used the momentum from the case to cultivate support. Rallies
Describe how Rosa Parks was connected to the movement.
She was horrified and inspired by Emmett’s murder. She did not plan to initiate a bus boycott, but weariness from a lifetime of discrimination made her determined not to surrender her seat.
Explain the debacle that happened with Look magazine.
Finances became tight, and Milam and Bryant had difficulties with their businesses. Because of desperation and arrogance, the two brother decided to sell their story to a reporter for the magazine. They described why and how they murdered Emmett Till.
What happened to Bryant and Milam financially and personally after the trial?
Finances were tight. lived their lives in shame and anonymity. Their wives divorced them, and they never regained their reputation or livelihoods in MS. Both men remained unrepentant to the ends of their lives. Even though the murder caused them problems they did not regret killing Emmett.
What did Mamie Till Bradley do for the rest of her life?
She continued to travel the country giving lectures about her son and the civil rights movement completed her teaching degree and became an elementary school teacher she was never able to return to the kind of life she had enjoyed before her son’s death.
Rainsford meets General Zaroff and finds out that the General is bored with traditional hunting and has started trapping sailors and hunting them. Rainsford refuses to help him, so the General starts to hunt Rainsford. Rainsford sets several traps for the General, and ends up killing the General’s dog and Ivan. Then he dives into the sea.