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The Forest City Lynching of 1900: Populism, Racism, and White Supremacy in Rutherford County, North Carolina

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Politics in Rutherford County were heated a century ago: the developing textile industry, the growing population, an agricultural crisis, and race relations inflamed everyone. Mills Higgins Flack, a leader of the Farmers' Alliance and the county's first Populist in the state House, was allegedly murdered on August 28, 1900, by Avery Mills, an African American. This book documents the murder and the lynching of Avery Mills. The author (Flack's great-great-grandson) considers the phenomenon of racial lynching, the ...
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About the Book Politics in Rutherford County were heated a century ago: the developing textile industry, the growing population, an agricultural crisis and race relations ... inflamed everyone. Mills Higgins Flack, a leader of the Farmers’ Alliance and the county’s first Populist in the state House, was allegedly murdered on August 28, 1900, by Avery Mills, an African American. This book documents the murder and the lynching of Avery Mills. The author (Flack’s great-great-grandson) considers the phenomena of racial lynching, the Populist movement in the county, the white supremacy movement of the state’s Democratic party and the county’s KKK activities. About the Author J. Timothy Cole is a librarian at Greensboro Public Library and an archivist at Guilford College. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina Read more Show Less

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Politics in Rutherford County were heated a century ago: the developing textile industry, the growing population, an agricultural crisis, and race relations inflamed everyone. Mills Higgins Flack, a leader of the Farmers' Alliance and the county's first Populist in the state House, was allegedly murdered on August 28, 1900, by Avery Mills, an African American. This book documents the murder and the lynching of Avery Mills. The author (Flack's great-great-grandson) considers the phenomenon of racial lynching, the Populist movement in the county, the white supremacy movement of the state's Democratic party, and the county's KKK activities.
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J. Timothy Cole is a librarian at Greensboro Public Library and an archivist at Guilford College. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface 1
Introduction 5
1 Mills Higgins Flack and the Agrarian Revolt in Rutherford 23
2 The Fusion Era and White Supremacy in Rutherford 42
3 The Forest City Lynching and Its Aftermath 62
4 Epilog: The Silence of Dishonor 82
App. I A Partial List of Members (Chiefly Officers) of the Farmers' Alliance in Rutherford 89
App. II Populist Candidates in Rutherford (1892-1898) 93
App. III The Charlotte Daily Observer Article of 29 August 1900 95
App. IV The Charlotte Daily Observer Article of 31 August 1900 98
App. V Affidavit Submitted by Raney Mills to Rutherford County Superior Court, Fall 1900, and the Order of Judge Shaw, Etc. 100
App. VI Research on the Origins and Revolutionary Services of the Flacks of Guilford and Rutherford Counties 103
App. VII Plato Durham, John Baxter Eaves and the Ku Klux Conspiracy in Rutherford 118
Notes 145
Bibliography 179
Index 189
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