The Mountain History and Culture Group and the Vance Birthplace State Historic Site will present a lecture examining the 1868 election riot in Asheville, NC on April 13th.
The November 3, 1868 election riot in Asheville was a critical turning point in Western North Carolina’s Reconstruction. It showed the strength of a biracial Republican coalition, the importance of federal power in the Appalachian South, and the growing desperation of white opponents to the changes wrought by the Civil War. The violence in Asheville’s city square marked the emergence of the KKK and a reign of terror that threatened to divide mountain Republicans. Dr. Steven Nash, Associate Professor of History at East Tennessee State University will discuss what happened, how it changed the course of Reconstruction in the region, and the lessons we can still take from it today.
Coffee and Welcome, 10:00 am to 10:30 am
Lecture, 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Question and Answer, 11:30 am to 12:00 pm
Steven Nash is Associate Professor of History at East Tennessee State University. He earned his master's in history from Western Carolina University in 2001 and his PhD from the University of Georgia in 2009. He is the author of Reconstruction's Ragged Edge: The Politics of Postwar Life in the Mountain South (University of North Carolina Press, 2016), which received the Weatherford Award for Nonfiction awarded by Berea College and the Appalachian Studies Association. He has also contributed essays to several edited volumes related to the Civil War Era.