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6: How the Experiments Ended

A coup in North Carolina.


Episode Notes

In 1898, voters in Wilmington, North Carolina, elected a biracial city council. Two days later, a white supremacist uprising threw out the local government and expelled black leaders from the city.

In the penultimate episode of Reconstruction, Rebecca Onion and Jamelle Bouie look at Reconstruction’s protracted collapse, as symbolized by the Wilmington Coup. They’re joined by Kendra Field, author of the forthcoming Growing Up With the Country: Family, Race, and Nation After the Civil War.

About the Show

The era of Reconstruction that followed the Civil War was our best chance to build an American democracy grounded in racial equality. Its failure helps explain why race, “states’ rights,” and the legacy of the Confederacy remain central themes in our politics today.

Don’t miss Rebecca and Jamelle’s previous podcast, The History of American Slavery.

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