Democracy Betrayed The Wilmington Race Riot of 1898 and Its Legacy

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ISBN-13: 9780807847558
Edition: 1998
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List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 11/10/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

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 Betrayeddraws 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.

Historian David S. Cecelski is author of The Waterman's Song: Slavery and Freedom in Maritime North Carolina and co-editor (with Timothy B. Tyson) of Democracy Betrayed: The Wilmington Race Riot of 1898 and Its Legacy.

The son of an attorney who practiced before the U.S. Supreme Court, John Hope Franklin was born in Rentiesville, Oklahoma on January 2, 1915. He received a B. A. from Fisk University in 1935 and a master's degree in 1936 and a Ph.D. in 1941 from Harvard University. During his career in education, he taught at a numerous institutions including Brooklyn College, Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and Duke University. He also had teaching stints in Australia, China, and Zimbabwe. He has written numerous scholarly works including The Militant South, 1800-1861 (1956); Reconstruction After the Civil War (1961); The Emancipation Proclamation (1963); and The Color Line: Legacy for the 21st Century (1993). His comprehensive history From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African-Americans (1947) is generally acknowledged to be the basic survey of African American history. He received numerous awards during his lifetime including the Medal of Freedom in 1995 and the John W. Kluge Prize for the Study of Humanities in 2006. He worked with Thurgood Marshall's team of lawyers in their effort to end segregation in the 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education and participated in the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was president of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Southern Historical Association, and the American Studies Association. He was also a founding member of the Black Academy of Arts and served on the U.S. Commission for UNESCO and the Committee on International Exchange of Scholars. He died of congestive heart failure on March 25, 2009 at the age of 94.

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

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