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By Leslie Hossfeld

This ebook is an leading edge piece combining old archival info and modern interviews to research the functionality of narratives in groups. utilizing a case research of racial violence in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1898, Hossfeld examines 'narratives of terror' surrounding the development, tracing those over a 100 12 months interval. The context during which the racial violence emerged was once a part of a bigger white supremacy crusade sweeping the South. neighborhood leaders and state-supported organs of the Democartic social gathering overthrew elected Fusion and Republican leaders in Wilmington in 1898, growing the one coup d'etat within the nation's background. The political overthrow became violent and ratings of African american citizens have been stated to were killed and run out of city. The 'narratives of terror' emanating from this violence have remained in the neighborhood ever for the reason that. Hossfeld strains the functionality of the general public dominant narrative approximately white supremacy expressed via the white strength constitution in 1898 and its mutation over the years to a liberal narrative approximately reconciliation expressed within the 1998 centennial commemoration of the development. This booklet is critical in figuring out cultural tales and their effect on groups, and the position of narrative and beliefs in developing or warding off primary societal switch.

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As Skocpol explains, this particular genre of historical sociology uses concepts to interpret history, rather than demonstrating the “repeated applicability of a model” or hypothesis testing. Unlike the historical sociology of Bendix (1966) or Moore (1966) that compares and contrasts several cases, this research focuses on a single case. As Skocpol (1984:368) argues, this genre provides ‘meaningful interpretations of history’ in two related ways: First, careful attention is paid to the culturally embedded intentions of individual or group actors in the given historical settings under investigation.

What is the manifest and latent content in these narratives? In what ways do these deny or repress history? In research on coffee elite in Central America, Jeffrey Paige says, with astonishment, “All societies and their ruling elite construct historical fabrications, but few go to the lengths of removing all newspapers referring to an event from public libraries” (1997:344). Similarly Wilmington gatekeeper hid under ‘lock and key’ in a secret cache at the public library evidence of Wilmington’s unpleasant, violent past.

Despite the success of some African-American Wilmingtonians, most black males were located in low paying service jobs such as cooks, janitors, porters, “MEN OF THE CAPE FEAR” 35 waiters, while black women served chiefly as domestics (Cody 2000). And although many black males worked as part time, seasonal laborers at the cotton press, massive unemployment prevailed for both blacks and whites (Prather 1984:57). ” As discussed in Chapter One, the printing of Manly’s editorial in August 1898 in the black-owned Wilmington Daily Record on white women and black men set the stage for a seething campaign against black Wilmingtonians.

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