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Thread: The Lost History of an American Coup D’État

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    The Lost History of an American Coup D’État

    Republicans and Democrats in North Carolina are locked in a battle over which party inherits the shame of Jim Crow.

    ADRIENNE LAFRANCE AND VANN R. NEWKIRK II AUG 12, 2017

    By the time the fire started, Alexander Manly had vanished. That didn’t stop the mob of 400 people who’d reached his newsroom from making good on their promise. The crowd, led by a former congressman, had given the editor-in-chief an ultimatum: Destroy your newspaper and leave town forever, or we will wreck it for you.

    They burned The Daily Record to the ground.

    It was the morning of November 10, 1898, in Wilmington, North Carolina, and the fire was the beginning of an assault that took place seven blocks east of the Cape Fear River, about 10 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. By sundown, Manly’s newspaper had been torched, as many as 60 people had been murdered, and the local government that was elected two days prior had been overthrown and replaced by white supremacists.

    For all the violent moments in United States history, the mob’s gruesome attack was unique: It was the only coup d’état ever to take place on American soil.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics...ssacre/536457/

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    Nationally, conservatives have often taken a similar tack; embracing long-suppressed bits of historical knowledge about the full scope of white supremacy, so long as they can use them to attack Democrats.
    By scapegoating Democrats with the sins of conservative, southern white supremacists, Republicans hope to avoid responsibility.
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    Of course, this kind of weaponization of history is most effective if the Republican and Democratic parties are viewed as unbroken ideological identities dating back to the days of Abraham Lincoln. North Carolina’s own history obliterates that view. Like the rest of the South, the state experienced mass party realignment after the 1960s civil-rights movement, when southern whites began to abandon the Democratic Party.
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    Quote Originally Posted by labrea View Post
    Republicans and Democrats in North Carolina are locked in a battle over which party inherits the shame of Jim Crow.

    ADRIENNE LAFRANCE AND VANN R. NEWKIRK II AUG 12, 2017

    By the time the fire started, Alexander Manly had vanished. That didn’t stop the mob of 400 people who’d reached his newsroom from making good on their promise. The crowd, led by a former congressman, had given the editor-in-chief an ultimatum: Destroy your newspaper and leave town forever, or we will wreck it for you.

    They burned The Daily Record to the ground.

    It was the morning of November 10, 1898, in Wilmington, North Carolina, and the fire was the beginning of an assault that took place seven blocks east of the Cape Fear River, about 10 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. By sundown, Manly’s newspaper had been torched, as many as 60 people had been murdered, and the local government that was elected two days prior had been overthrown and replaced by white supremacists.

    For all the violent moments in United States history, the mob’s gruesome attack was unique: It was the only coup d’état ever to take place on American soil.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics...ssacre/536457/
    I had never heard about this.

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    I had never heard about this.

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    I had never heard about it either.

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