In 1955, a fourteen-year-old black boy named Emmett Till was murdered by a group of white men in Mississippi. He had gone into a small country store a few days earlier and made flirtatious remarks to a white woman, Carolyn Bryant; Bryant’s husband and brother-in-law were two of Till’s attackers. They were never convicted, but Till’s lynching became one of the most notorious hate crimes in American history. It set off a wave of protests across the country, helped the NAACP gain thousands of members, and inspired famous activists like Rosa Parks to stand up and fight for equal rights for the first time. Timothy Tyson’s THE BLOOD OF EMMETT TILL revises the history of the Till case, not only changing the specifics that we thought we knew, but showing how the murder ignited the modern civil rights movement.