Signed Copy: Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy
- By David Zucchino
- Hardcover: 336 pages
Pulitzer Prize-winner author David Zucchino gives a searing account of the Wilmington riot and coup of 1898, an extraordinary event unknown to most Americans.
He tells the story of late 1890s Wilmington, North Carolina’s largest city and a shining example of a mixed-race community. A bustling port city, it had a burgeoning African American middle class and a Fusionist government of Republicans and Populists that included black aldermen, police officers and magistrates. There were successful black-owned businesses and an African American newspaper, The Record. But across the state -- and the South -- white supremacist Democrats were working to reverse the advances made by former slaves and their progeny.
Zucchino uses contemporary newspaper accounts, diaries, letters and official communications to create a gripping and compelling narrative that weaves together individual stories of hate and fear and brutality. This is a dramatic and definitive account of a remarkable but forgotten chapter of American history.