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David Zucchino - 'Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy'

For more than a century, the violent events of November 10, 1898 in Wilmington, North Carolina have been referred to as a “race riot.” After five years of exhaustive research and reporting, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Zucchino reveals the truth: it was in fact an armed coup d’état by white supremacists intent on reclaiming power.

“David Zucchino is one of the finest foreign correspondents I have ever worked with in 40 years of journalism. Now imagine you take someone with David’s reporting skills and transport him back in history to 1898 and Wilmington, North Carolina. And you tell him to tell us the story of the only violent overthrow of an elected government in American history. It was perpetrated by white supremacists seeking to reverse the remarkable advances in racial pluralism in Wilmington of that day—a positive example that was primed to spread throughout the state, and beyond. What you end up with is a gripping, cannot-put-down book that is both history and a distant mirror on just how much can go wrong in this great country of ours when populist politicians play the race card without restraint.”—Thomas Friedman

David Zucchino is a contributing writer for The New York Times. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his dispatches from apartheid South Africa and is a four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist for his reporting from Iraq, Lebanon, Africa, and inner-city Philadelphia. He is the author of Thunder Run and Myth of the Welfare Queen.

Event date: 
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
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ISBN: 9780802128386
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - January 7th, 2020

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