The hidden history of an American takeover.
Correction at 7:23: Cynthia’s ancestors lived in Wilmington, not her descendants.
In November 1898, in Wilmington, North Carolina, a mob of 2,000 white males ejected black and white governmental leaders, demolished the owned by the city’s black residents, and killed dozens–if not hundreds–of folks. How did such a turn of events change the course of the city? For decades, the tale of this cruelty was buried, while the perpetrators were cast as heroes. Yet its impacts resonate across the state to this day.
In the new Vox series Missing Chapter, Vox Senior Producer Ranjani Chakraborty revisits underreported and regularly neglected moments from the past to give context to the present. Join her as she covers the histories that are regularly skipped over of our textbooks. Our first season tackles tales of racial injustice, governmental conflicts, even the hidden history of US medical experimentation.
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For more perusing, check out the links below:
The final report from the state commission on 1898 Wilmington: https://www.ncdcr.gov/learn/resources-topic/1898-wilmington-race-riot-commission
An in-depth documentary about the events of 1898: http://wilmingtononfire.com/about
The News and Observer’s recent coverage of 1898: https://www.newsobserver.com/article192293519.html and https://media2.newsobserver.com/content/media/2010/5/3/ghostsof1898.pdf
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