This issue of NCLR includes the first contemporary re-visiting of the 1898 race violence that toppled the legitimately elected African-American government of Wilmington, NC. The wrap-around cover is a photograph of an assemblage by Ray Elmore.
Novelist Phillip Gerard brought the subject to the attention of NCLR‘s editors, who then commissioned Wilmington writer Bennett Steelman to write an overview of what has been called variously a race riot and a coup d’etat.
Also included is an excerpt from Gerard’s Cape Fear Rising as well as literary re-evaluations of how the Wilmington violence was treated in fiction by the white novelist Thomas Dixon and the African-American novelist Charles Chesnutt.
A separate section on “Yankee Writers in NC” includes fiction and poetry by MaryJo Mahoney, Robin Hemley, Robin Hemley, Joseph Bathanti, P.B. Parris, an essay by Joseph Bathanti, and an article by Richard Krawiec.