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The Wilmington Coup D'état of 1898

Published Works

These works are arranged in chronological order in order to highlight how the narrative of the coup was presented, and eventually shifted, from the time it occurred through present day. Most early accounts of the coup perpetuate a narrative devised and championed by its perpetrators and members of the Democratic party.

These works highlight the political, racial, and social factors that contributed to and were born out of the events of 1898. Main topics include Reconstruction, voting rights, the Democratic Party, and the state of affairs in North Carolina at the time. Please note, some works not available in Randall Library have been listed in the Additional Resources section.

The following published works and resources are not available through Randall Library. Please seek external sources for access and further information.

  • Black Reconstruction: An Essay Toward a History of the Past Which Black Folk Played in the Attempt to Reconstruct Democracy in America, 1860-1880 by W.E. Burghardt Du Bois, 1935
  • The Negro in North Carolina, Politics Since Reconstruction by William Alexander Mabry, 1940
  • "The Struggle for White Supremacy in North Carolina" by Evelyn Underwood, 1943 - Master's thesis for UNCW Chapel Hill's Department of History
  • A Journal of the McKinley Years by Charles G. Dawes, 1950
  • Sand Against the Wind: The Memoirs of John C. Dancy by John C. Dancy, 1966
  • "Race and Politics: The Evolution of the White Supremacy Campaign of 1898 in North Carolina" by Robert Howard Wooley, 1977 - Dissertation for UNC Chapel Hill's Department of History
  • Southern Racial Politics & North Carolina’s Black Vote by Val Atkinson, 2007
  • "Devoted to the Interests of His Race: Black Officeholders and the Political Culture of Freedom in Wilmington, North Carolina, 1865-1877" by Thanayi Jackson, 2016 - accessible via ProQuest Dissertations and Theses.