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Author: Timothy B. Tyson Narrator: Rhett Samuel Price Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781520065038
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This extraordinary New York Times bestseller reexamines a pivotal event of the civil rights movement—the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till—“and demands that we do the one vital thing we aren’t often enough asked to do with history: learn from it” (Atlantic).

In 1955, white men in the Mississippi Delta lynched a fourteen-year-old from Chicago named Emmett Till. His murder was part of a wave of white terrorism in the wake of the 1954 Supreme Court decision that declared public school segregation unconstitutional. Only weeks later, Rosa Parks thought about young Emmett as she refused to move to the back of a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Five years later, Black students who called themselves “the Emmett Till generation” launched sit-in campaigns that turned the struggle for civil rights into a mass movement. Till’s lynching became the most notorious hate crime in American history.

But what actually happened to Emmett Till—not the icon of injustice, but the flesh-and-blood boy? Part detective story, part political history, The Blood of Emmett Till provides that answer.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rhett Price narrates this new account of the people and events surrounding the Mississippi lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till…Price’s narration is evenly paced and uses a variety of accents and soft intonations. Graphic descriptions are interspersed with dialogue and historical digressions. Price’s unemotional reading does nothing to lessen the shock and horror of this sad chapter in American history.”


  • “An insightful, revealing, and important new inquiry into the tragedy that mobilized and energized a generation of Americans to stand and fight against racial bigotry.”

    Bryan Stevenson, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An account of absorbing and sometimes horrific detail. Comprehensive in scope.”

    New York Times

  • “What sets Tyson’s book apart is the wide-angle lens he uses to examine the lynching, and the ugly parallels between past and present.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “Cinematically engaging, harrowing, and poignant, Tyson’s monumental work illuminates Emmett Till’s murder and serves as a powerful reminder that certain stories in history merit frequent retelling.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Washington Post Top 10 Book of Books We Love
  • Finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction
  • A New York Times Notable Book for 2017
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2017

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About the Author

Timothy B. Tyson is senior research scholar at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, visiting professor of American Christianity and Southern Culture at Duke Divinity School, and adjunct professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina. He is the author several books, including Blood Done Sign My Name, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and winner of the Southern Book Award for Nonfiction and the Grawemeyer Award in Religion, and Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power, winner of the James Rawley Prize for best book on race, and the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize for best first book in US History from the Organization of American Historians. He serves on the executive board of the North Carolina NAACP and the UNC Center for Civil Rights.

About the Narrator

Rhett S. Price is a skilled and sought after corporate narrator, versatile commercial voiceover talent, exceptional audiobook narrator, and former television on-air personality. An opportunity to further expand his career in voiceovers came through his unique experience as the on-air traffic reporter for Los Angeles’ KABC TV, Channel 7, and numerous southland radio stations.