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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
Murder in the Delta: The Emmett Till Story should strike a chord in your memory. The notorious murder investigation has been mentioned in no less than ten prominent civil rights' movies and documentaries. Several books have been written about the crime and subsequent investigation, yet Michael Joseph Miller's take on it is by far the most detailed that I have been able to get my hands on. Emmett Till was an African-American teenager, killed in the south during the fifties for allegedly flirting with a white woman.
I felt that the author had an inquisitive mind, and presented facts in a clean and concise manner that helped illuminate appropriate details, but without dragging the reader through the muck of the investigation. Miller also produced several of his own deductions and speculations about the investigation, which were both interesting and quite possibly very reflective of what happened with Emmett Till's murder. This book was hard for me to get through; it's a tough subject in general, and as one member of an inter-racial relationship, this was an emotional journey that had many lows and not a whole lot of highs; almost cathartic in its discovery and introspection. This is a heavy story that requires some mental acuity and maturity.
Murder in the Delta: The Emmett Till Story is a must-read, particularly as the United States faces times of such racial tension and turbulence. Michael Joseph Miller's book will not so much rile up the public, but will inspire passionate fires within those already seeking social justice in the country.