"Riot and bloodshed on the street": The Asheville Election Riot and Reconstruction Era Politics in Western North Carolina

UNCA Author/Contributor (non-UNCA co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Brandon Widner (Creator)
University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA )
Web Site: http://library.unca.edu/
Grant Hardy

Abstract: The Asheville Election Riot demonstrates many of the social and political issues seen throughout Reconstruction in Western North Carolina. It serves as a starting point for the improper punishment of those involved with racially motivated violence, leading to the empowerment of the Ku Klux Klan and radical Conservatism. When paired with the premature withdrawal of federal support and an underdeveloped Republican Party, conservative politics, racial violence and the Klan began to flourish within the region.

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Language: English
Date: 2018
Asheville NC, North Carolina, politics, riot, reconstruction, racial violence

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