David Zucchino & Wilmington's Lie
Join us to hear from David Zucchino about his new book, Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy. For more than a century, the violent events in Wilmington, NC in 1898 have been referred to as a "race riot," but Zucchino's new book reveals the truth: it was an armed coup d'etat by white supremacists intent on reclaiming power.
Zucchino carefully reports on a clear and calculated plot by North Carolina Democrats to "halt black advancement by the ballot or bullet - or both." This was a campaign of raucous rallies, fabricated news stories, and violent intimidation of black citizens. People were killed, run out of town, and the offices of the black newspaper were burned to the ground. Within a year of these events, the North Carolina Democrats in power mandated restrictions to legally strip black citizens of the right to vote and passed the state's first official Jim Crow laws.
David Zucchino is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who spent five years intensively researching and reporting on the events of 1898 in Wilmington. Join us to hear from Zucchino about his latest book, Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy. This event is free and open to the public.
From Pulitzer Prize-winner David Zucchino comes a searing account of the Wilmington riot and coup of 1898, an extraordinary event unknown to most Americans