Simeon's Story by Herb Boyd
An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till

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A modern tragedy, this story has had a great impact on race relations in America. Emmett Till's kidnapping and murder, a grotesque crime in a Southern backwater that became the catalyst for the civil rights movement, is explained in this dramatic narrative by the cousin who was present every step of the way. Simeon Wright saw and heard his cousin Emmett whistle at Caroline Bryant at a grocery store and slept in the same bed with him when her husband came in and took Emmett away; he was there during the aftermath of the murder, and at the trial, where his father testified. This gripping coming-of-age memoir may not bring closure to the Till case, whose perpetrators were left unpunished, but it will set the facts straight about that life-changing incident in 1955.

 

About Herb Boyd

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Simeon Wright is a popular public speaker at schools, churches, and cultural institutions throughout the country. Herb Boyd has published 20 books, including We Shall Overcome: The History of the Civil Rights Movement as It Happened.
 
Published January 1, 2010 by Chicago Review Press. 162 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Primary-source historical texts are an increasingly important genre in today's literature for young adults.

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