Mississippi Trial, 1955 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Winner of the 2003 International Reading Association Award for Young Adult Novel. This gripping story is based on the true events of the murder of Emmett Till, one of the nation's most notorious crimes that helped spark the civil rights movement.
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. 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. But what will it cost him to know?
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 4 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 08, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #80,262 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#38 in North American History for Children
#39 in Law & Crime Stories for Children
#95 in History & Culture for Teens
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Told though the eyes of Hiram Hillburn, a white teenager who has come to spend the summer with his grandfather, the reader is taken into the heart of racism at a time when the passions of the south were volatile and violent. Hiram sees changes in his beloved south, his friends, and even his grandfather; changes which make him doubt his own safety. Hiram witnesses R.C. Rydell force Emmett to eat a raw fish at knife-point. Hiram's grandfather offers no sympathy, warning that "colored boys should know better than to push themselves on white folks." After Emmett is murdered, Hiram doesn't want to stay silent, he wants the truth to be told, even if it uncovers secrets about his own family.
Discuss of racism as it stands in our country today, and what can be done to prevent it.
The author was able to capture and convey the hatred, bigotry and racism during Jim Crow. It’s appauling how Blacks were treated and are still treated today. There are many parallels between back them and today.
In particular, I really liked the thoughts towards we are all equal. I liked Hiram's line of reasoning and the quite incredible turn of events.
The climax was well presented.
Thank you so much.
Top reviews from other countries
The story is based mainly on Hiram visiting his grandfather in a small town in Mississippi, a town he loves and remembers fondly. But going back as a teenager shows the town in a very different light from when he was a child. Racism and segregation are in every corner and when a young black boy is murdered Hiram finds himself in the middle of the court case and finding out truths that change his whole outlook in life and his relationships.
The beginning is slow going as it builds up the picture of Hirams family unit but this is important as it reflects hugely on the book and his character when he goes back to visit as a teenager and shows the contrast in how the town is to him now.
It doesn't go into too many nasty details but paints a very vivid and haunting picture that kept me hooked until the last page, 4out of 5 for me.