Mississippi Trial, 1955

Book – Fiction. By Chris Crowe. 2003. 240 pages.
Historical fiction about the murder of Emmett Till for high school students.

  • Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, 20th Century | Themes: Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: High School | Resource Types: Books: Fiction

mississippitrialThis historical novel, by Chris Crowe, is set around the murder of Emmett Till, a crime which prompted a national outcry in 1955 and served as one of the triggers for the modern Civil Rights Movement. Told through the eyes of a white teenage boy, this book describes the boy’s series of revelations about his family and other people of the town, and he forms a clearer view of the evils of racism, and the values he hopes to live up to.

Winner of the 2003 International Reading Association Award for Young Adult Novel.

ISBN: 9780142501924 | Published by Puffin Books.

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