Web Sites | Books
Investigations from The Lynching of Emmett Till
Archipelago, an international journal of literature, arts, and opinion, presents an excerpt from Christopher Metress's book, The Lynching of Emmett Till: A Documentary Narrative in its summer 2002 issue. The excerpt, Cleveland journalist James L. Hicks' 1955 investigations in Sumner, Mississippi, is titled, "They Stand Accused."
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
This Web site, companion to a PBS series on the history of "Jim Crow" segregation, includes interactive maps of segregation laws, stories, a timeline, and lesson plans.
The American 1950s
University of Pennsylvania English professor Alan Filreis put together this collection of documents and articles for his course on the literature and culture of the American 1950s.
This site presents disturbing photographs and postcards of lynching in America, from the collection of James Allen and John Littlefield.
Legal Information Institute: Brown v. Board of Education
Cornell Law School maintains a site that presents the full text of the Supreme Court opinion on Brown v. Board of Education, as well as other landmark legal decisions.
Council of Conservative Citizens
The Council of Conservative Citizens -- a modern-day version of the Citizens' Councils that opposed integration in Emmett Till's day -- is a non-profit group that abhors "the socialistic bureaucracy that controls America" and speaks out against government-sponsored programs, like affirmative action, that are designed to assist people who are not white.
Web Sites | Books
Ali, Muhammad with Richard Durham. The Greatest: My Own Story. New York: Random House, 1975.
Allen, James. Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America. Santa Fe, New Mexico: Twin Palms, 2000.
Bennett Jr., Lerone. What Manner of Man: A Memorial Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. Chicago: Johnson Publishing Co., 1968.
Caro, Robert A. The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Master of the Senate. New York: Knopf, 1982.
Carter III, Hodding. The South Strikes Back. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1959.
Cobb, James C. The Most Southern Place on Earth: The Mississippi Delta and the Roots of Regional Identity. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
Crowe, Chris. Mississippi Trial, 1955. New York: Phyllis Fogelman Books/Penguin Putnam, 2002. Written for teenagers.
Dittmer, John. Local People, the Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994.
Eisenhower, Dwight D. Mandate for Change; The White House Years. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1963.
Ginzburg, Ralph. 100 Years of Lynchings. New York: Lancer Books, 1962.
Halberstam, David The Fifties. New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1994.
Higginbotham, Jr., A. Leon. Race, Values, and the Early American Legal Process. Lagos: Published for Faculty of Law, University of Lagos by Lagos University Press, 1987.
Hudson-Weems, Clenora. Emmett Till: The Sacrificial Lamb of the Civil Rights Movement. Troy, Michigan: Bedford Publishers, 1994.
Huie, William Bradford. Wolf Whistle and Other Stories. New York: New American Library, 1959.
Lemann, Nicholas. The Promised Land: The Great Migration and How it Changed America. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1991.
Litwack, Leon F. Trouble in Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow. New York: Knopf, 1998.
Mars, Florence. Witness in Philadelphia. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1977.
Metress, Christopher, editor. The Lynching of Emmett Till: A Documentary Narrative. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press. 2002.
Minor, Bill. Eyes on Mississippi: A Fifty-Year Chronicle of Change. Jackson, Mississippi: J. Prichard Morris Books, 2001.
Moody, Anne. Coming of Age in Mississippi: The Classic Autobiography of Growing Up Poor And Black in the Rural South. New York: Dell Publishers, 1968.
Raines, Howell. My Soul Is Rested: Movement Days in the Deep South Remembered. New York: Putnam, 1977.
Terkel, Studs. Will the Circle be Unbroken? Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for Faith. New York: New Press, W.W. Norton, 2001.
Welty, Eudora. Eudora Welty: Photographs. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1989.
----. One Time One Place: Mississippi in the Depression. New York: Random House, 1971.
Whitfield, Stephen J. A Death in the Delta: The Story of Emmett Till. New York: Free Press; London: Collier Macmillan, 1988.
Williams, Juan. Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years. New York: Viking, 1987.
Withers, Ernest C. Pictures Tell the Story: Ernest C. Withers. Norfolk, Virginia: Chrysler Museum of Art, 2000.
Wolff, Daniel and Ernest Withers. The Memphis Blues Again: Six Decades of Memphis Music Photographs. New York: Viking Studio, 2001.