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Re-assembling the Wilmington Coup story

In her article about Charles W. Chesnutt’s 1901 fictional account of the events, Perkins wrote Chesnutt’s work is like”…the method by which an artist or other type of historiographer attempts to re-assemble the pieces of stories that have been lost within the maze of politically motivated “historical” accounts.”

Philip Gerard: Novelist of History

“The job of what I call the Novelist of History …is to tell a compelling human story, …that not only engages the reader emotionally but also sharpens or even awakens an interest in the history that underpins the story.”