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Denmark Vesey

Author: David Robertson
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2000.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : 1st Vintage books edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
History
Named Person: Denmark Vesey; Denmark Vesey
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Robertson
ISBN: 9780307483737 0307483738
OCLC Number: 496282149
Notes: Originally published: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1999.
"The buried story of America's largest slave rebellion and the man who led it"--Cover image.
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Introduction. Reality of Denmark Vesey --
Ch. 1. Men from Barbados --
Ch. 2. Place called Charleston in the Christian language --
Ch. 3. African Church and Denmark Vesey as prophet --
Ch. 4. Nothing can be done without fire --
Ch. 5. Theater of terror: the magnolia curtain and the sable curtain --
Ch. 6. Trials of Vesey and his conspirators --
Ch. 7. Shock of executions: Denmark Vesey as a national figure --
Ch. 8. Darkness of slavery: Denmark Vesey as a historical figure --
Ch. 9. Remembering Denmark Vesey as a black leader --
Postscript: a personal conclusion: Spartacus's list and the search for Vesey's grave --
Appendix. List of those who died with Denmark Vesey, 1822.
Responsibility: David Robertson.

Abstract:

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. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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