At the close of the nineteenth century, the Democratic Party in
North Carolina engineered a white supremacy revolution. Frustrated
by decades of African American self-assertion and threatened by an
interracial coalition advocating democratic reforms, white
conservatives used violence, demagoguery, and fraud to seize
political power and disenfranchise black citizens. The most
notorious episode of the campaign was the Wilmington "race riot" of
1898, which claimed the lives of many black residents and rolled
back decades of progress for African Americans in the state.
Published on the centennial of the Wilmington race riot,
draws together the best new scholarship
on the events of 1898 and their aftermath. Contributors to this
important book hope to draw public attention to the tragedy, to
honor its victims, and to bring a clear and timely historical voice
to the debate over its legacy.
The contributors are David S. Cecelski, William H. Chafe, Laura F.
Edwards, Raymond Gavins, Glenda E. Gilmore, John Haley, Michael
Honey, Stephen Kantrowitz, H. Leon Prather Sr., Timothy B. Tyson,
LeeAnn Whites, and Richard Yarborough.