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

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

by J. Timothy Cole
     
 

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.

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

North Carolina Libraries
stud[ies] the events against the political backdrop of the day...considers the legacy of what [the author] calls the sins of his ancestors
Journal of Appalachian Studies
well written, well researched
North Carolina Historical Review
readers interested in Populism, race relations, and lynching will profit from Cole's work

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786416233
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
08/06/2003
Series:
Contributions to Southern Appalachian Studies, #10
Pages:
203
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

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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