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Early African American Perspectives on the Wilmington Race Riots of 1898

On Thursday, November 10, 1898, Colonel Alfred Moore Waddell, a Democratic leader in Wilmington, North Carolina mustered a white mob to retaliate for a controversial editorial written by Alexander Man

How The Only Coup D'Etat In U.S. History Unfolded

Think of a coup d’etat and images of a far-flung banana republic likely come to mind. So it might come as a surprise that it happened here in the United States — just once, in 1898. A mob of w

1898 Wilmington Race Riot: The Carpetbagger Class

What experience did the white citizens of Wilmington have with the Republican party since 1865, and what were their expectations if that party returned to power, and stayed in power sustained by the v

1898 Wilmington: Debunking the Myths

The racial conflict of November, 1898 in Wilmington, North Carolina, sometimes labeled a race riot or rebellion, was the unfortunate result of many years of post-war political corruption, enforced Rec