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good lows but in this new book the richer people treated blacks better than the poor whites because of poor whites seemed to be angry because they weren't rich and they seemed to want to take it out on the black so any opportunity they have to do something to the workers they did it they were they were or they weren't harsher marcia then the rich you know alone in especially the full refund blacks who worked around the house of rich people they didn't racing to take more of a facet these people than they do the ritual philly and you
know i guess they were resentful well the fact that they worked in the house and now that town and they seem to do a little bit better than the others and maybe they they were doing better than they were doing and they liked it they didn't find that the black was supposed to do better than they were living most of the time and blacks who worked they were kind of thrifty in not only money and they maybe were furloughed and they're telling him they accomplishing both say a house of their own a piece of land of their own you know because they say then when india without a lot of help
we'll let the fourth apparently who worked on involved in in that kills kidnapping you a hole in the back of true in things like that when you cry letters be they would be involved because they felt they had no jobs they knew that if they didn't do what these what people tell them to do they could be in the same place in the people's and they were afraid of the law is not that they want to be dealing with it was a matter of us about the two
of them although his visit his grandfather's get up in a court you know and pointed out that way it's made me and say you know even in terms of that the improvement of the law and the laws that the new laws to live alcohol how italy's was in you know there was so this man rule out that he could have been the next victim at their hands of the whites in retaliation for what the city gets these white but they also knew they've made and made no difference what he's saying it that no larger was going to find a white man guilty i'm doing anything to what if you weren't they even made it to go into this house and taken his coup which
was to me it made you connect with the jury found innocent of kidnapping so they just were not found them and this was a black person wisconsin when people say that though but they were connected because there wasn't enough evidence that's not true at all there was plenty of that this play are they took the chao the grandfather was later he identify folks who took the time leave it going we know who else could you just don't know the evidence that was limited it's a lot to do with it because it isn't and it would like what that's all those of like one years and a black life was not a valuable eye
surgeon met with you why anything you do things right and that was the philosophy if you did to what got to let me know afterwards home you know most right will remember that bradley who testified at the trial they all left mississippi and they were afraid of retaliation for what are you going to do with their lives when wirth a clinical if they stayed and they also knew that if they came in the midst of a coco missile like a lot of our lexicon witnesses and never been found by was never found and we really we're never gonna be found was because the law enforcement action was not political you know if they had if they had married into it it would never have been for his body would never have been for the dumped in the river
and nobody can flow this is all the reason he was the liquor baron know there's a little or no enforcement officers research so they do so as young elected to be a big believer that people laughed and they never came back so again why it because they feared for their lives they knew that they could suffer the same fate is into you and that's the reason they left they had no protection and the local one thing that were living in the field in films that they're down one of the things in an environment in an insane people in the south you know in the north realize that things had to change also the failure of mississippi the failure of the federal government in some ways made people
realize that you know we would activate the change ourselves which is really what those rights movement was about and then someone asked you know what you think what the legacy of government to the legacy is that he brought to the forefront the treatment of blacks whites in the whole state of mississippi it also broke it to the attention of the federal government because unfortunately the state of mississippi was not going to the state government and this was not going to do one thing to change the plight of the boat out when this came out they knew that this was not a saying that incidents that this type of thing had been going on in mississippi every since the end of
slavery which in effect mean that you're still in bondage you were up for it even though slavery was supposed to be tom you're still not free so black people were still enslaved in the fifties forties fifties and sixties and i think this is what brought to national attention that something had to be done and i think this the legacy of into is that they brought it to the attention of the whole united states it's not the whole world have anything yeah it's okay you're going to change you know
me as an individual i don't think that changed me i think because we need to be more angry than are already was at that particular time because of the things that i could see that blacks was suffering from inequality in the south i think it made me determine that i was not going to bow to him about it at the time which was a very dangerous slope for black christian woman i'm making it but fortunately circumstances and the song that i was not good in situations where are my life and i guess it was just through an act of god it's been
American Experience
The Murder of Emmett Till
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Interview with Clara Davis, Mississippi resident
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Clara Davis (continued) interview about Emmett Till, an African-American teenager who was lynched in Mississippi at the age of 14 after reportedly flirting with a white woman. (there is no transcript for this interview)
Race and Ethnicity
Law Enforcement and Crime
American history, African Americans, civil rights, racism, lynching, Mississippi
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