Abstract

The widely disseminated image of Emmett Till's mutilated corpse rhetorically transformed the lynched black body from a symbol of unmitigated white power to one illustrating the ugliness of racial violence and the aggregate power of the black community. This reconfiguration was, in part, an effect of the black community's embracing and foregrounding Till's abject body as a collective "souvenir" rather than allowing it to be safely exiled from public life.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1534-5238
Print ISSN
1094-8392
Pages
pp. 263-286
Launched on MUSE
2005-11-07
Open Access
No
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