From the Publisher
[I]t shows national trends and social processes with local concreteness.
The overall quality of this volume, along with the skill and consistency with which it is edited, is unusually high.
North Carolina Historical Review
The essays offer us a rich understanding of the complex historical interplay of race, gender, and social class.
Journal of Southern History
An extraordinarily rich and thoughtful collection of essays.
Journal of American History
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From the Publisher
The overall quality of this volume, along with the skill and consistency with which it is edited, is unusually high. The range of essays encompasses the latest and best thinking about race and public life in North Carolina, and interest in this book should be broad. Democracy Betrayed makes a major contribution to the literature about the history of race in North Carolina, adding considerably to what we know about the origins, impact, and aftermath of a watershed event in American History.North Carolina Historical Review
An extraordinarily rich and thoughtful collection of essays.Journal of American History
Anyone hoping to advance the process of racial healing in the United States could do worse than to read these essays and pass on the stories and lessons contained within them.American Historical Review
Just as there are lessons to be learned from the recent past, there are lessons to be learned from the events of a century ago. This volume will inform some and remind others that our past can help us understand the challenges that this nation confronts as it undertakes to deal with the problem of race in the twenty-first century.John Hope Franklin, from the Foreword
Writers often transcend themselves when they are willing to confront something ugly in their own society. These writers focus on the overthrow of the last interracial government in the post-Civil War South and the massacre two days later that confirmed as final the national settlement between conservative Northern Republicans and reactionary Southern Democrats. This is scholarship that matters.William Evans, author of Ballots and Fence Rails: Reconstruction on the Lower Cape Fear
[This book's] influence need not be limited to Wilmington. Because it shows national trends and social processes with local concreteness, Democracy Betrayed will be useful in courses on southern history or U.S. race relations.Southern Cultures
Cecelski and Tyson have assembled a superb set of papers. While the explicit purpose of this volume is to commemorate the centennial of the 1898 Wilmington race riot, it goes further, much further. The essays offer us a rich understanding of the complex historical interplay of race, gender, and social classhow these factors interweave to form a context promoting and justifying the 1890s wave of racial violence directed at African Americans in the South in general and in Wilmington in particular. I recommend this book not only to those interested in Wilmington and North Carolina history but also to all those interested in southern history and race relations.Journal of Southern History