Books: Fiction


Book – Fiction. By Barbara Wright. 2012. 320 pages.
Historical fiction about a Reconstruction-era African American community violently robbed of its freedom and democracy in turn of the century North Carolina.

Time Periods: 19th Century, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Media
Crow (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Historical fiction for young adults on the Wilmington Massacre.

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.