"Just as there are lessons to be learned from the recent past, there are lessons to be learned from the events of a century ago. This volume 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 twenty-first century."--John Hope Franklin, from the Foreword

Current Events

Many of the contributors to this book participated in the symposium The 1898 Wilmington Racial Violence and Its Legacy in Wilmington on October 23-24, 1998. John Hope Franklin was the keynote speaker.

Also, The 1898 Centennial Foundation has been established to carry on "A Community Effort for Remembrance and Reconciliation" in Wilmington.

The following press releases provide more timely information:

"Centennial of Racial Violence in Wilmington: Historians Say It Was No "Riot"

"Symposium On 1898 Wilmington Racial Violence--A Defining Event"

Here is a list of some other related books published by The University of North Carolina Press

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

Edited by David S. Cecelski and Timothy B. Tyson
With a Foreword by John Hope Franklin

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 its aftermath. Contributors 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.

David S. Cecelski, author of Along Freedom Road: Hyde County, North Carolina, and the Fate of Black Schools in the South, is a writer and historian living in Durham, North Carolina. Timothy B. Tyson is assistant professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Cloth ISBN 0-8078-2451-8 $45.00
Paper ISBN 0-8078-4755-0 $18.95


From the book: Foreword by John Hope Franklin, Contents, Preface, Acknowledgments, and Contributors

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