Isaac Stanley-Becker, The Washington Post Published 6:06 am PST, Wednesday, February 20, 2019 The small clapboard house near the banks of the Cape Fear River in Wilmington, North Carolina, went up in flames, and a black resident alleged to have wounded a white man fled for his life. As he pleaded that he had five small children to support, a white member of the mob that had assembled struck him on the head with a gas pipe. A leader of a vigilante patrol unit told him to run for his freedom, but he made it just 50 yards before 40 guns were turned on him, sending bullets into his shoulders and back. Daniel Wright, a well-known politician serving on the county's Republican executive committee, was one of at least 60 - but possibly as many as 300 - black Americans massacred in Wilmington on Nov. 10, 1898, as bands of white supremacists used racial terror to destabilize the southern port city and overthrow its multiracial government. By the end of the day, the … [Read more...] about Trump keeps warning of a coup. But the only one in American history was a bloody racist uprising.
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Susan Haigh, Associated Press Updated 8:29 am CST, Sunday, February 10, 2019 This Nov. 29, 2018 photo shows an original April 23, 1949 copy of the New England Bulletin, a black-owned and operated weekly newspaper in Hartford, Conn. Old microfilm of this and other incarnations of the newspaper are being digitized so they can be available online as part of the United States Newspaper Program. This issue highlights the first person to take advantage of a Connecticut law that granted blacks equal membership to the Connecticut National Guard. less This Nov. 29, 2018 photo shows an original April 23, 1949 copy of the New England Bulletin, a black-owned and operated weekly newspaper in Hartford, Conn. Old microfilm of this and other incarnations of the ... more Photo: Susan Haigh, AP Photo: Susan Haigh, … [Read more...] about Connecticut WWII-era newspapers offer view of black life
By Barton J. Bernstein | August 4, 2018 at 8:45 am Generally unknown even to most A-bomb historians is that a number of African-Americans in 1945-46 who were then of prominence, or future prominence, tended often to be critics of the August 1945 atomic bombings of Japanese cities. Such criticism was far more likely in 1945-46 among such black Americans, including especially black writers, than among their liberal white counterparts in the United States. About three-quarters of those dissident African-Americans were college educated, at a time when less than 1 percent of America’s adult black population had attended college. Most of the African-American critics were northerners, though the bulk of the nation’s black population in 1945-46 still lived in the American south. Among the significant African-American critics in 1945-46 of the atomic bombings were: Bayard Rustin, a future top adviser to the Rev. Martin Luther King; Horace Cayton, a sociologist and frequent … [Read more...] about Opinion: Prominent African-Americans opposed atomic bombings
Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society John Quincy Adams, editor of The Western Appeal was one of the most successful African American newspapers of the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. At the height of its popularity, it was published in six separate editions in cities across the United States, including St. Paul. The Western Appeal was first published on June 5, 1885, in St. Paul. African American newspapers were common at the time, but few of them lasted longer than a year, since they were started for cultural purposes more than commercial ones. There had been many previous African American newspapers in St. Paul, including one printed in 1876 also named the Western Appeal. It had no affiliation with the paper established in 1885. The 1885 Western Appeal was started by Samuel E. Hardy and John T. Burgett with Frederick Douglass Parker, who also served as the newspaper's first editor. It was a weekly paper, with an edition each Friday containing news, … [Read more...] about From St. Paul, editor John Quincy Adams built ‘The Western Appeal’ into a national African American newspaper
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he was considering pardoning the late boxing legend Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion of the world who was jailed after having a relationship with a white woman. Johnson was arrested in 1912 on the grounds that his relationship with Lucille Cameron, a white prostitute who later became his wife, violated the Mann Act against “transporting women across state lines for immoral purposes.” He died in 1946. “Sylvester Stallone called me with the story of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson,” Trump said in a tweet, referring to the actor who played the underdog boxer Rocky Balboa in the 1976 film “Rocky.” “His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial. Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!” Trump added. Trump’s April 13 pardon of former … [Read more...] about Trump weighs pardoning late African American boxing champion