Between Civil War and Civil Rights: Democracy’s Denial

After months of premeditated political propaganda in the press, organized white militias burned the South's only black daily newspaper and overthrew Wilmington's government on the day after Election Day. They killed an unknown number of Blacks, and exiled the mayor, many officials, and prominent citizens of color. The Federal government turned a blind eye to the rising tide of racism nationwide and world-wide. Democracy's Denial explores this pivotal moment in the history of Jim Crow segregation in the news reports, memoirs, the music, and literature of that time and place, reminding us, in the words of one historian that the official accounts are as fictional as the novels that grew out of the story. It traces the story through the following century, as Wilmingtonians were shaken by weeks of racial violence in 1971, and finally started to deal with the consequences.

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