[Marxism] the murderous coup of 1898 and the rise of white supremacy

Dennis Brasky dmozart1756 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 15 18:53:51 MST 2020

One of the most cataclysmic and little known or understood events in the
rise of white supremacy in the late 1800s—and perhaps the final nail in the
coffin of Reconstruction, two decades after the removal of federal troops
from the South—occurred in Wilmington, North Carolina on November 10, 1898,
when white supremacists engineered a military coup to overthrow the city’s
elected government.

In a single day white militias burned a black newspaper office to the
ground, attacked the black population *en masse* with a staggering
arsenal—including a rapid-fire Gatling gun—and drove the remnants of the
Wilmington’s Fusionist (a racially integrated Republican-Populist party)
government from the city, quickly installing coup leaders in its place.

In *Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White
Supremacy*, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Zucchino cuts through a
century of propaganda, myth, and big white lies to unmask the stunning
history of the Wilmington coup, its origins in the political climate of the
era, and its far-reaching implications for North Carolina and the rest of
the resurgent Confederacy in the decades that followed.

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