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He Shall Go Out Free: The Lives of Denmark Vesey

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On July 2, 1822, Denmark Vesey was hanged in Charleston, S.C., for his role in planning one of the largest slave uprisings in the United States. During his long, extraordinary life Vesey played many roles Caribbean field hand, cabin boy, chandler's man, house servant, proud freeman, carpenter, husband, father, church leader, abolitionist, revolutionary. Yet until his execu ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (first published 2000)
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Linda
Mar 30, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
In 1822, a plot was uncovered in which the African Americans, both slave and free, would rise up and kill their masters and.... That was as much as the white citizens of Charleston, South Carolina, needed to hear to begin arrests. What they didn't know at that time, nor care about eventually, was that the plan after that was not to encourage the rest of the slave population in South Carolina or the South in general to rise and do the same, but for the members of the rebellion to capture ships in ...more
Greg
Nov 12, 2013 Greg rated it it was ok
I have very mixed feelings about this book because there are parts that I enjoy and think are important, but as a whole I think that this is very dangerous not because of the content but because of how this book was written.

For anyone who wants to understand the difference between field slaves and town slaves (there are a lot) in the 1820's in the South this is a good book. Douglas Egerton follows the life of the slave Denmark Vesey as a way to "show-off" Southern society and culture at the time
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Patrice
Sep 16, 2016 Patrice rated it it was ok
The book was well read and enlightening, but what a sad chapter in our history. Hard to believe it really happened.
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