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Author Janken, Kenneth Robert, 1956-
Title The Wilmington Ten : violence, injustice, and the rise of black politics in the 1970s / Kenneth Robert Janken.
Imprint Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2015]

Author Janken, Kenneth Robert, 1956-
Subject Riots -- North Carolina -- Wilmington -- History.
African Americans -- North Carolina -- Wilmington -- History.
Wilmington (N.C.) -- Race relations.
Wilmington (N.C.) -- History.
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction : Wilmington and the 1898 mentality -- Vigilante injustice -- The making of a movement -- They're taking our boys away to prison -- Alliances and adversity -- Free the Wilmington Ten at once! -- Conclusion : the tragedy of the Ten and the rise of a new black politics.
Summary "In February 1971, racial tension surrounding school desegregation in Wilmington, North Carolina, culminated in four days of violence and skirmishes between white vigilantes and black residents. The turmoil resulted in two deaths, six injuries, more than $500,000 in damage, and the firebombing of a white-owned store, before the National Guard restored uneasy peace. Despite glaring irregularities in the subsequent trial, ten young persons were convicted of arson and conspiracy and then sentenced to a total of 282 years in prison. They became known internationally as the Wilmington Ten. A powerful movement arose within North Carolina and beyond to demand their freedom, and after several witnesses admitted to perjury, a federal appeals court, also citing prosecutorial misconduct, overturned the convictions in 1980. Kenneth Janken narrates the dramatic story of the Ten, connecting their story to a larger arc of Black Power and the transformation of post-Civil Rights era political organizing"-- Provided by publisher.
Note Online resource (HeinOnline, viewed January 31, 2018).
ISBN 9781469624853 (electronic bk.)
1469624850 (electronic bk.)
9781469624846 (electronic bk.)
1469624842 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 923254337
Additional Format Print version: Janken, Kenneth Robert, 1956- Wilmington Ten. Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2015] 9781469624839 (DLC) 2015022646 (OCoLC)906234275

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