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He shall go out free : the lives of Denmark Vesey / Douglas R. Egerton.

By: Egerton, Douglas R.
Material type: TextTextSeries: American profiles (Madison, Wis.): Publisher: Madison, Wis. : Madison House, 1999Edition: 1st ed.Description: xxiv, 248 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0945612672 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780945612674 (cloth : alk. paper); 0945612680 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780945612681 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Vesey, Denmark, ca. 1767-1822 | Charleston (S.C.) -- History -- Slave Insurrection, 1822 | Slave insurrections -- South Carolina -- Charleston | African Americans -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- Biography | Slaves -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- HistoryAdditional physical formats: Online version:: He shall go out free.DDC classification: 975.7/91503/092 | B
Contents:
Prologue: 1865 -- The Book of Telemaque, 1767-1783 -- Stranger in a Strange Land, 1783-1793 -- Nor a Lender Be, 1794-1799 -- Freedom, 1800-1817 -- Building the House of the Lord, 1817-1821 -- Exodus, 1821-1822 -- Lamentations, May-June 1822 -- Judges, June-August 1822 -- The Temple Finished, 1822-1865 -- The Charleston Hanged.
Summary: The author used "church records, court documents, travel accounts, and newspapers from America and Saint Domingue to recreate the lost world of the mysterious Vesey," "a free black [who] was hanged in Charleston, S.C., for his leadership role in one of the largest slave uprisings ever planned in the United States."--Jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-240) and index.

The author used "church records, court documents, travel accounts, and newspapers from America and Saint Domingue to recreate the lost world of the mysterious Vesey," "a free black [who] was hanged in Charleston, S.C., for his leadership role in one of the largest slave uprisings ever planned in the United States."--Jacket.

Prologue: 1865 -- The Book of Telemaque, 1767-1783 -- Stranger in a Strange Land, 1783-1793 -- Nor a Lender Be, 1794-1799 -- Freedom, 1800-1817 -- Building the House of the Lord, 1817-1821 -- Exodus, 1821-1822 -- Lamentations, May-June 1822 -- Judges, June-August 1822 -- The Temple Finished, 1822-1865 -- The Charleston Hanged.

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CHOICE Review

Egerton's book is the first full biographical account of Denmark Vesey, organizer of the huge Charleston, South Carolina conspiracy of 1822. That insurrection itself has been fairly richly documented, but information about Vesey's earlier life is scarce. Egerton, author of Gabriel's Rebellion (CH, Feb'94), does a good job of tracing Vesey's extraordinary biography. Readers learn about Vesey's life as a slave in the Caribbean, his migration to Charleston and his achievement of freedom, and his strong motivation to help other blacks escape bondage. Egerton argues that Vesey's rebellion was unique. Other black insurgents, including Gabriel and Nat Turner in Virginia, encouraged slaves to kill their masters in a long-shot effort to be free. Vesey, on the other hand, plotted a mass exodus of slaves to Haiti and freedom; he did not seek to fight the white society but simply to escape it. Although he failed miserably, Vesey achieved long-term significance in encouraging Northern abolitionists and striking fear in white Southerners. Egerton writes in a clear, engaging style; his work is fully documented and reflects a solid grasp of scholarship on slavery and slave revolts. Complements Edward Pearson's Designs against Charleston: The Denmark Vesey Conspiracy of 1822 (Ch, May'99). Recommended for all African American history collections. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. Detweiler; California Polytechnic State University--San Luis

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Douglas R. Egerton is professor of history at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York.

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