Elliott J. Gorn holds the Joseph A. Gagliano Chair in History at Loyola University, Chicago, where he teaches courses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American history. Gorn has received awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities and he is an elected member of the Society of American Historians. His books include Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Woman in America (2001), Dillinger's Wild Ride: The Year that Made America's Public Enemy Number One (2009), and Let the People See: The Emmett Till Story (2018).
The Emmett Till story has been told many ways over the years for many different reasons. This lecture explores how the ways we tell the story have changed and why.