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The Wilmington Ten: Violence, Injustice, and the Rise of Black Politics in the 1970s (Hardback)
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The Wilmington Ten: Violence, Injustice, and the Rise of Black Politics in the 1970s (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 30/01/2016
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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. Grounded in extensive interviews, newly declassified government documents, and archival research, this book thoroughly examines the 1971 events and the subsequent movement for justice that strongly influenced the wider African American freedom struggle.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469624839
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 825 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 25 mm


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A passionate, intensely engaging portrait of the group's initial mission, as well as the terrible personal lifelong toll the struggle took.--Kirkus Reviews


The subject matter is fascinating. . . [and] illustrative of how far Americans still have to go in bridging our society's divisions."--Publishers Weekly


Simultaneously thorough and concise, deeply researched, and insightful, The Wilmington Ten deserves a wide readership.--Journal of Southern History


Provides fresh insight into hard truths about procedures used by the state to suppress and repress black challenges to the racial status quo. . . . A sincere exploration of black politics in the 1970s, one that takes seriously black power activists and ideologies.--American Historical Review


Explodes what little is left of [the] cut-and-paste version of the [civil rights] movement, reminding readers that many different movements were operating over a period of decades. . . . An important, approachable study.--North Carolina Historical Review


Janken's highly recommended history of student racial protest provides a historical perspective on the current struggle for diversity within academia and the black lives matter movement.--Library Journal


This first book-length scholarly treatment of the event is meticulously researched and compelling in its analysis. . . . Highly recommended.--Choice


No one explains this complicated story better than Kenneth Robert Janken. . . . Shows the complicated ways the 1970s black revolt took up the unfinished civil rights agenda, especially its attempt to resist white terror.--Journal of American History

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