Wilmington Coup of 1898

Watching the events unfold at the U.S. Capital last week, I was reminded of the coup that occurred in Wilmington, N.C. in November, 1898. Despite the violence and bloodshed – and death – that occurred during the coup, it hasn’t been taught much in schools. Here are some useful resources to learn more about it.

UNC Alum David Zucchino’s 2020 book Wilmington’s Lie is a great resource:

Zucchino, David. Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy. Atlantic Monthly Press, 2020. Available at UNC (for UNC students, staff, faculty only):

The 2015 film Wilmington on Fire is available to the UNC community!

Everett, Christopher, and Larry R. Thomas. Wilmington on Fire. Speller Street Films, 2015.


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