Cape Fear Rising

Cape Fear Rising

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In August 1898, Wilmington, North Carolina, was a mecca for middle-class Negroes. Many of the city's lawyers, businessmen, and other professionals were black, as were all the tradesmen and stevedores. Negroes outnumbered whites by more than two to one.But the white civic leaders, many descended from the antebellum aristocracy, did not consider this progress. They looked around and saw working class whites out of jobs. They heard Negroes addressing whites qin the familiar.q They hated the fact that local government was run by Republican qFusionistsq sympathetic to the black majority.Rumors began to fly. The newspaper office turned into an arsenal. Secret societies espousing white supremacy were formed. Isolated incidents occurred: a shot was fired through a streetcar bearing whites, a black cemetery was desecrated.This incendiary atmosphere was inflamed further by public speeches from an ex-Confederate colonel and a firebrand Negro preacher.One morning in November, the almost inevitable gunfire began. By the time order was restored, many of the city's most visible black leaders had been literally put on trains and told to leave town, hundreds of blacks were forced to hide out in the city's cemetery or the nearby swamps to avoid massacre, and dozens of victims lay dead.Based on actual events, Cape Fear Rising tells a story of one city's racial nightmare--a nightmare that was repeated throughout the South at the turn of the century. Although told as fiction, the core of this novel strikes at the heart of racial strife in America.Gray Ellen and Sama#39;s first daughter, Christine, became an aviatrix and for a time held the womena#39;s solo speed record from San Francisco to New York. ... in various hospitals, she returned to Wilmingtona#39;s James Walker Hospital in 1917 and was cited for her service during the influenza epidemic the following year. ... John G. Norwood left Wilmington briefly during the coup but returned six months later.

Title:Cape Fear Rising
Author:Philip Gerard
Publisher:John F. Blair, Publisher - 1997-05-01


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