Writing to save a life : The Louis Till file

Writing to save a life : The Louis Till file

Wideman, John Edgar, author.


First Scribner hardcover edition.

Physical Description
193 pages ; 22 cm

Louis Till -- The file -- Graves.

Personal Subject
Till, Louis, 1922-1945-Death and burial.
Till, Emmett, 1941-1955-Death and burial.
Wideman, John Edgar.

Corporate Subject
United States. Army. Transportation Command. Battalion, 379th. Company, 177th -- Biography.

Subject Term
World War, 1939-1945 -- African Americans -- Biography.
African American soldiers -- Biography.
War crimes -- Italy -- Civitavecchia.
War crimes -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Italy.
African American men -- Social conditions -- 20th century.


In 1955, Emmett Till was brutally murdered in Mississippi because he was a colored boy who had, allegedly, whistled at a white woman. Wideman examines this death with that of Emmett's father, Louis Till, who was executed by the U.S. Army in 1945 in Italy, after being found guilty of murder and rape. The result is a conversation between generations, the living and the dead, fathers and sons.

LibraryMaterial TypeCall NumberItem AvailableCopiesStatus
Bayport Public LibraryBook323.1196 WID11Nonfiction Collection