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Stories-A History of Appalachia


Aug 17, 2019

The 1868 presidential election was the first held in the country since the end of the Civil War.  Recently freed slaves flocked to the polls on election day in Asheville, North Carolina, to cast their votes for the Republican Party.  At the same time white voters came out to vote for the Democratic Party, run by former Confederates.  A small clash occurred between two groups of opposing voters, which soon turned into rock-throwing and then into a full fledged riot in which several black voters were shot and one killed.  Today we tell that story. 

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