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

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

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

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

Synopsis

This study draws together scholarship on the Wilmington Race Riot of 1898 and its aftermath. Contributors hope to draw attention to the tragedy, to honour its victims, and to bring a clear historical voice to the debate over its legacy.

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In the history of the United States, and especially the history of the South, the past seems not to have receded significantly, even today. in some very fundamental ways, change has come slowly, sometimes almost imperceptibly. Thus, while our past is interwoven with our present, some of our past stands out in stark relief, as if it were some relic held over from an earlier time. Despite the increased population density in places long settled, the spirit of the raw frontier persists among those who reject new "rules of the road." Such persons retreat to places where they insist on making their own rules or abiding by the old ones, frontier style. Consequently, the mountain men at Ruby Ridge and the Branch Davidians at Waco insisted that at some point history had taken the wrong turn, and they refused to follow that course. Instead, they would follow the old rules that would lead them down the right road.

This disinclination to follow the "rules of the road" is not confined to the likes of Idaho's mountain men or the part religious cult, part paramilitary group at Waco. It is also characteristic of others who prefer to . . .

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