The North Carolina Election of 1898
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  1865
The Civil War ends
  1867
The Republican Party is formed in North Carolina
  1870

The Fifteenth Amendment to the Constution is ratified, guaranteeing African Americans the right to vote

  1870

The Democrats regain control of the North Carolina legislature

  1876

Democrat Zebulon Vance is elected Governor

 

1892

In statewide elections, the combined totals of Populist and Republican votes exceed those for the Democrats
  1894

In the first fusion election, the Republicans and Populists run together and the Democrats lose control of both houses of the General Assembly

 

1896

Elections bring more fusion success: the Republicans and Populists run together again and hold control of the legislature. Republican Daniel L. Russell is elected governor
  1898
12 May: A large Democratic rally in Laurinburg launches the "white supremacy" campaign. Charles Brantley Aycock and Locke Craig are the featured speakers
17 May: The state Populist Party convention meets in Raleigh and agrees to propose a fusion agreement with the Democrats

[20] May: A committee of leading Democrats rejects fusion with the Populists

26 May: The Democratic Convention meets in Raleigh
20 July: The Republican Convention meets in Raleigh
18 August: A controversial editorial appears in the Wilmington Daily Record
Late October: "Red Shirts" begin to appear at Democratic rallies in southeastern North Carolina
 
8 November: Election Day
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