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Getting Away with Murder by Chris Crowe
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In August 1955, a young black boy named Emmitt Till traveled to Money, Mississippi to spend some of his summer vacation with his cousins. After he arrived in the community, the charismatic youth quickly won the attention of his peers with his “lack of fear of white people” and they urged him to demonstrate his courage by going into the local store and asking the white clerk for a date. He responded to their dare and went into the store where he crossed an invisible “Jim Crow line” by accosting the young woman and, as he came out of the store, wolf whistling. Fearing repercussions, his friends took him home; tragically, three nights later the woman’s husband and brother-in-law took Emmitt from his uncle’s home and, after beating him severely about the head, drove him to the river and shot him.

A young fourteen-year-old boy, Emmitt Till's death aroused sympathy in people of all color throughout the nation and is credited with triggering the civil rights movement. Author Chris Crowe provided a detailed account of his life and death, the murder trial, and the concurrent events that moved black people to unite against racial injustice.

The book provides an accurate account of a crucial historical event in an interesting and thought provoking style. Using pictures and dialogue, Crowe engages the reader and ignites feelings of fear, outrage, and sorrow at the horror human beings can inflict on one another. The book is an important read for teens and adults.


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