Blood Done Signed My Name Summary

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Was it twenty? Was it two hundred? Or were there just enough African American carcasses to clog the river in Wilmington, NC. There is no exact answer to that question. Two days after the election of 1898 many African Americans were slaughtered, exiled, and those who remained in Wilmington were subjected to inhumane treatment. White supremacy leaders of the Democratic party carefully planned to upheave the Populist and Fusion leadership so that white supremacy could regain power. Timothy B. Tyson, author of the memoir Blood Done Signed My Name, briefly discusses the horrific events that followed November 10, 1898 election for governing officials of Wilmington NC. Blood Done Signed My Name, is collection of memories in which Tyson reflects upon his childhood and young adult life. All the while questioning his place in a segregated world of whites and blacks. Not only does Tyson offer the reader his personal experiences and thoughts but he also includes testimonials of others. The vivid accounts reveal astonishing racial discrimination in America’s journey to justice and liberty for all. The massacre of Wilmington was just one of the numerous historic events that Tyson mentioned in his book. In 1894 the Republicans and Populist merged political …show more content…
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