Denmark Vesey The Buried Story of America's Largest Slave Rebellion and the Man Who Led It

ISBN-10: 0679762183
ISBN-13: 9780679762188
Edition: 2000
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Description: In a remarkable feat of historical detective work, David Robertson illuminates the shadowy figure who planned a slave rebellion so daring that, if successful, it might have changed the face of the antebellum South. This is the story of a man who,  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/8/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 222
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

In a remarkable feat of historical detective work, David Robertson illuminates the shadowy figure who planned a slave rebellion so daring that, if successful, it might have changed the face of the antebellum South. This is the story of a man who, like Nat Turner, Marcus Garvey, and Malcolm X, is a complex yet seminal hero in the history of African American emancipation. Denmark Vesey was a charasmatic ex-slave--literate, professional, and relatively well-off--who had purchased his own freedom with the winnings from a lottery. Inspired by the success of the revolutionary black republic in Haiti, he persuaded some nine thousand slaves to join him in a revolt. On a June evening in 1822, having gathered guns, and daggers, they were to converge on Charleston, South Carolina, take the city's arsenal, murder the populace, burn the city, and escape by ship to Haiti or Africa. When the uprising was betrayed, Vesey and seventy-seven of his followers were executed, the matter hushed by Charleston's elite for fear of further rebellion. Compelling, informative, and often disturbing, this book is essential to a fuller understanding of the struggle against slavery.

Introduction: The Reality of Denmark Vesey
The Men from Barbados
A Place Called Charleston in the Christian Language
The African Church and Denmark Vesey as Prophet
Nothing Can Be Done Without Fire
Theater of Terror: The Magnolia Curtain and the Sable Curtain
The Trials of Vesey and His Conspirators
The Shock of Executions: Denmark Vesey as a National Figure
The Darkness of Slavery: Denmark Vesey as a Historical Figure
Remembering Denmark Vesey as a Black Leader
Postscript: A Personal Conclusion: Spartacus's List and the Search for Vesey's Grave
The List of Those Who Died with Denmark Vesey, 1822
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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