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WHO KILLED EMMETT TILL?  (5 STARS) This was not an easy book to read. Klopfer presents an in-depth look at the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, as well as the murders of civil rights activists like Cleve McDowell, Berdia Kegler and Adlena Hamlett.

Klopfer began researching the Till murder when her husband accepted a job at Parchman Penitentiary, just outside the town of Drew, Missisippi (where the murder occurred). There were people still living in the town who remember the case and were willing to talk with her -- although almost always on the condition of anonymity.

The two men accused of murdering Till were acquitted by an all-white jury -- and subsequently confessed what they had done in a magazine. Because of double jeopardy, they could not be retried. These are things that most people aware of the Emmett Till murder can tell you. What Klopfer brings to the table are first-person accounts of other lynchings, murders and bombings throughout the region as African-Americans asserted their right to equal protection under the law.

This is an unflinching book that looks at inequality in a way that should make most people think very hard. Highly recommended.

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WHO KILLED EMMETT TILL? (5 STAR)  This is a well-written and fascinating book about a vicious lynching of an African-American teenager from Chicago while visiting Mississippi. His mother insisted on an open coffin for the services so that people could see what was done to her son. The author explains the history, demands justice, talks with some of those still alive who, as she says, "still had the story fresh in their hearts and minds." After you read this book, the events will live in your heart and mind too, because she makes it come alive. This is highly recommended. And it is a good book to give to young people, and assign to students. (There are many available resources online like the above video and an online one hour interview with Emmett Till's mother that can also supplement this book for teaching purposes. I look forward to this author's future work.

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TRUTH TELLING (5 STAR)  The Emmet Till Book is a significant expansion of some of the matter covered in Susan Klopfer's longer book on Mississippi civil rights, Where Rebels Roost . . . Mississippi Civil Rights Revisited. Therefore what I said in the foreword of Where Rebels Roost also applies to The Emmet Till Story:

"Following [the June 21] conviction of Edgar Ray Killen on three charges of manslaughter for the 1964 murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman in Neshoba County, Mississippi, it has been typical to hear triumphant declarations such as this one by Jim Prince III, editor of The Neshoba Democrat: 'We pronounce a new dawn in Mississippi, one in which the chains of cynicism and racism have been broken and we are free, free at last, thank God Almighty we are free at last!'

"It is at best delusional and at worst a deception to view Killen's conviction as meaningful expiation for Mississippi's notorious racist crimes. To begin with, there are nine other living suspects whom the prosecution did not pursue. More to the point, however, are the lines of culpability that extend well beyond Killen and well beyond the Neshoba County klavern of the White Knights. We must look instead to the racist state government of Mississippi of the 1950s, 60s and 70s and to federal complicity in the state's crimes.... Susan Klopfer is determined to tell the truth about Mississippi and about America and she does a great deal of that truth telling in the pages of this book.

"Klopfer's book is one of the first to look closely at the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, the state spy agency whose anti-civil rights activities included providing intelligence and money to the Klan. Klopfer also examines the roles of powerful people like Senator James O. Eastland, who received regular reports from the Sovereignty Commission. We cannot begin to fathom the nature of racial repression in Mississippi without knowing what Klopfer reveals in her book. It is no exaggeration to say that Mississippi of the 1950s and 1960s was a totalitarian police state....

"America's greatness rests on the countless brave souls, like Chaney, Schwerner and Goodman, who have stood up for justice on its soil, in the name of this nation's own democratic principles. The nobility of these American citizens is not always understandable without some measure of the evils that they have faced. Klopfer's truth telling brings careful scrutiny to the long and ongoing history of racial repression in Mississippi and the resistances to it. "

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EMMETT TILL BOOK (5 STAR) Susan Klopfer has conducted in-depth personal research for her civil rights writings. She has walked the land where these atrocities occurred and still occur. Susan has experienced the pain and secrecy felt in these stories as she conducted first hand interviews with relatives of victims. All well worth reading, Susan Klopfer tells it like it is, and like it was.

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WHERE REBELS ROOST; MISSISSIPPI CIVIL RIGHTS REVISITED (5 star)  Susan Klopfer has conducted in-depth personal research for her civil rights writings. She has walked the land where these atrocities occurred and still occur. Susan has experienced the pain and secrecy felt in these stories as she conducted first hand interviews with relatives of victims. All well worth reading, Susan Klopfer tells it like it is, and like it was.

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What readers are saying about The Plan

“Klopfer has woven history, fiction, and fantasy into a compelling tale that not only highlights real events, but describes them in a fascinating narrative that pulls the reader along for the ride”— Chris Petersen, author of Methuselah's Secret

“This is a bold and first-rate work that explores very significant social frontiers.  Susan Klopfer is a veteran activist of high courage—and a fine writer very well versed in the creative art of suspense.”—Hunter Gray, [Hunter Bear/John R. Salter Jr.] Mi'kmaq, author of Jackson Mississippi: An American Chronicle of Struggle and Schism.”

“Forty-two chapters of conspiracy-filled action, The Plan is tightly based on true fact. Susan Klopfer has written historical nonfiction books for years. This time, she goes a step farther to solve murders that investigators haven't been willing to touch.”— Patricia Fua, librarian 

 not much of a history nut but I really enjoyed the book. A nicely crafted mix of history, plot, conspiracy, and fun. Well done.”— Robert Higgins, M.F.T.

“If you like murder mysteries, suspense, travel, legal topics, mixed with civil rights and fantasy, in an old fashioned whodunnit that doesn’t leave out the FBI, CIA, and COINTELPRO, I know you will like this action-packed read.” —Betty Orr, writer

“Filled with information to titillate the most sophisticated conspiracy theorist, Susan Klopfer ‘s first foray into thriller fiction is thought-provoking fodder and a fun read!”—Frances Hogg Lochow, author  and horror magazine editor

“‘It takes a village to commit atrocities [like JFK’s assassination]!’ Loved this quote by Sara Mercury, a fired fictional journalist looking for the story of her life (a character in The Plan)!”— Steve Hall, book lover