Mississippi Trial 1955
As the fiftieth anniversary approaches, there's a renewed interest in this infamous 1955 murder case, which made a lasting mark on American culture, as well as the future Civil Rights Movement. Chris Crowe's IRA Award-winning novel and his gripping, photo-illustrated nonfiction work are currently the only books on the teenager's murder written for young adults.
"Maybe God put different kinds of people on earth so we could all learn to get along."
Highly recommended, especially with a group discussion.
As a young boy Hiram Hillburn's whole world was spending time with his grandpa and enjoying the comforts of living in Greenwood, Mississippi. He never noticed any wrong in his world. But the pleasant world inside a child's mind doesn't quite reflect the unpleasant truth of reality. Hiram's father knows that truth all too well and takes Hiram away from it. After seven years away from Greenwood, sixteen year old Hiram returns to find that his childhood memory didn't include ...more
This book is the story if Hiram Hillburn's life as a child and young adult the Missippi. The struggle for knowledge and the closeness of his grandfather ...more
Short Summary of Book:
At first Hiram is excited to visit his hometown in Mississippi. But soon after he arrives, he crosses paths with Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago who is also visiting for the summer, and Hiram sees firsthand how the local whites mistreat blacks who refuse to "know their place." When Emmett's tortured dead body is found floating in a river, Hiram is determined to find out who could do such a thing.
So, th ...more
Crowe's debut novel (Penguin Putnam, 2002) is based on the true story of the kidnapping and murder of Emmett Till. Crowe created a believable white protagonist, Hiram Hillburn, whose life is irrevocably changed following Emmett's kidnapping and murder.
As a young child, Hiram spent several years in Greenwood, Mi ...more
So was this an important event and one worthy of retelling from the standpoint of a fictional chara ...more
One thing I really liked about the book is how certain parts made me squirm, specifically with RC, one of the supporting characters. Reading about he fish and his interaction with Emmett made me feel like j was standing there on the bank with Hiram, watching RC and feeling awkward and awful and twisted inside.
I loved that Hiram's conscience couldn't sit and watch once he realized that not doing anything was the same as ...more
It was heartbreaking, frustrating, emotional and very powerfully written! I enjoyed it!
By Chris Crowe
Review by Carley Johnson
Mississippi Trial, 1955 tells the true story of a fourteen year old black boy named Emmett Till. Emmett was visiting family in Mississippi during the summer of 1955. He allegedly whistled at a married white woman. The woman’s husband kidnapped and killed Emmett the following night. Roy Bryant, the woman’s husband, and his friend, J.W. Milam, went to trial for the crime. Hiram Hillburn is the main character in this historical fiction n ...more
Hiram Hillburn grew up adoring a small town called Greenwood,Mississippi. Everything was once comfortable and safe for Hiram in Mississippi. He knew the people, had several friends, and most importantly he had his grandfather. When Hiram's parents make him leave Mississippi to live with them in Chicago he is in outrage for their reasoning. By the time Hiram is 16 he has the chance to go visit the small town he once loved. He soon finds out that maybe his parents were right ...more
Mississippi Trial, 1955 tells of the brutal, ruthless murder of Emmett Till. This story is told through the eyes of Hiram Hillburn, a fictional character, whose grandfather is one of the most racist men in town. Emmett's father moved Emmett from Mississippi to escape the racism that was dwelling there. At the time, Emmett hated his father for taking him away; ...more
What I liked about this book is it provide me with some new information because some of the things tha ...more