With voter disenfranchisement in the news today, here is a historical novel about the brutal repression of African American voters that brought an end to the short-lived Reconstruction era. Shining a light on the seldom-told story of the 1898 Wilmington Massacre, Wright creates the character of 5th grader Moses Thomas whose father is an alderman and a reporter for the Wilmington Daily Record, the only African American paper in the South.
Through young Thomas the reader learns of the day-to-day life in the black community, including adventures with friends and conversations with his grandmother who lived for decades in slavery. The tension mounts as the signs increase of the white supremacist Red Shirts’ plans to use violence to prevent blacks from voting and to shut down the paper. The book includes many real people and events.
ISBN: 9780375873676 | Published by Random House.