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Wilmington’s Lie

Wilmington’s Lie explores in gripping detail the efforts of white supremacists to overturn black political and social power in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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Review of ‘Wilmington’s Lie’

In 1898, the American Baptist Publication Society called Wilmington, North Carolina, “the freest town for a negro in the country.” By November 10 of that same year, Wilmington had devolved into perhaps the most dangerous place for black people in North Carolina, if not in America. David Zucchino’s Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898…

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