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Democracy Betrayed: The Wilmington Race Riot of 1898 and Its Legacy [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Democracy Betrayed: The Wilmington Race Riot of 1898 and Its Legacy

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Overview

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, Democracy Betrayed 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.
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Editorial Reviews

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[I]t shows national trends and social processes with local concreteness.

Southern Cultures

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807866573
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 11/10/1998
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

David S. Cecelski, author of The Waterman's Song: Slavery and Freedom in Maritime North Carolina, is the Lehman Brady Joint Chair Professor in Documentary and American Studies at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction 3
We Have Taken a City: A Centennial Essay 15
Abraham H. Galloway: Wilmington's Lost Prophet and the Rise of Black Radicalism in the American South 43
Murder, Memory, and the Flight of the Incubus 73
The Two Faces of Domination in North Carolina, 1800-1898 95
Captives of Wilmington: The Riot and Historical Memories of Political Conflict, 1865-1898 113
Love, Hate, Rape, Lynching: Rebecca Latimer Felton and the Gender Politics of Racial Violence 143
Class, Race, and Power in the New South: Racial Violence and the Delusions of White Supremacy 163
Fear, Hope, and Struggle: Recasting Black North Carolina in the Age of Jim Crow 185
Race, Rhetoric, and Revolution 207
Violence, Manhood, and Black Heroism: The Wilmington Riot in Two Turn-of-the-Century African American Novels 225
Wars for Democracy: African American Militancy and Interracial Violence in North Carolina during World War II 253
Epilogue from Greensboro, North Carolina: Race and the Possibilities of American Democracy 277
Acknowledgments 287
Contributors 289
Index 291
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Foreword

. . . 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 21st century.
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