Racism In The Mississippi Trial

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The 1950’s was a time of fear for African Americans in the southern part of the United States. This was a time of segregation and racism. African American Americans always had to be careful what they did and said for fear of violence and/or even death. The Author, Chris Crowe of Mississippi Trial, 1955 was accurate in his depiction of the setting, characterization, and conflict of the southern United States in the 1950’s. Mississippi, United States in the 1950’s was a time of racism and violence due to segregation. The 50’s were full of fear for the African Americans. They always had to watch their backs and watch what they say for fear that they would get hurt (Crowe 124). In the book people whites picked on African Americans all the time. …show more content…
In the book in the 1950’s when it took place, it took place in, “Greenwood Mississippi” (Crowe 8). The whole story took place in, “a small town in Mississippi” (Kaplan 1). Most whites were not very happy about the African Americans, in fact some people were, “Glad someone aint gonna put up with them niggers” (Crowe 115). These people were very racist and approved of the “separation of racial in society” (Daley 1). Before Till was killed he was, “Visiting chicago” (Crowe 112). This young boy, “14 year old Emmett Till was visiting from Chicago” (Kaplan 1). In The book African Americans were not given as many rights as whites and in fact when, “Emmett Till and a group of teens walked into a store and flirt with a clerk” (Crowe 167). In part this is what led to Emmett’s murder. Back in the 50’s African Americans were not supposed to make gestures at whites and, “Emmett Till and a group of teens flirted with or touched the hand of the female clerk” (“Biography” 3). By doing this Emmett found himself in a lot of trouble and was killed by whites for it. In Mississippi when he was killed, Emmett Till was found in a river” (Crowe 111). To be more specific, “Emmett Till was found in the “Talla Hatch River” (“Biography” 3). The Author did a fine job at portraying the setting of Mississippi in the …show more content…
Without conflict a lot of the story would not happen or would not be the same. For example in the book there is constant fighting between grandpa and hiram dad whenever they are together. “Dad and his dad, Grampa Hillburn, got along about as well as Hitler and Roosevelt. Spend any time with the two of them in the same room, and you’d figure that World War II hadn’t ended yet” (Crowe 8). It was constant throughout the book that hiram’s dad and his dad did not like each other very much and the fighting went on. “Your grandfather!” he said quickly and too loud. I heard him take a breath. “Your grandfather is not in any situation to make promises like that” (Crowe 120). Without the fighting between the two the setting never would have changed to Arizona and they would have stayed in Mississippi throughout the whole story. Hiram would have been able to go see his grandpa once in awhile. Another conflict that arose was between Emmett and R.C. And R.C. was accused of killing Emmett. “I knew something bad was going to happen. I should’ve done more. I could’ve stopped R.C. I could’ve found Emmett and warned him” (Crowe 96) without this conflict Hiram would have had to leave his Grandpa sooner than he did. This conflict was important because it brought Hiram to court and made him testify, Which could have put him in danger by

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