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Title:
Denmark Vesey
Author:
Edwards, Lillie J. (Lillie Johnson)
Publication Information:
New York : Chelsea House, [1990]

©1990
Physical Description:
109 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Summary:
A biography of the black freedom whose planned slave revolt in 1822, while never materializing, caused South Carolina to pass severe laws restricting the education, movement, and occupation of free blacks and slaves.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781555466145

9780791002506
Format :
Book

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A biography of the black freedom whose planned slave revolt in 1822, while never materializing, caused South Carolina to pass severe laws restricting the education, movement, and occupation of free blacks and slaves.


Summary

A biography of the black freedom whose planned slave revolt in 1822, while never materializing, caused South Carolina to pass severe laws restricting the education, movement, and occupation of free blacks and slaves.


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Booklist Review

The biography of a slave rebellion leader should make for exciting reading, but (perhaps because there's so little primary source material available) these two illustrated accounts treat their dramatic subjects in pedestrian style. The Vesey title, in the Black Americans of Achievement series, is the more interesting, especially the sections on the slave trade, the conditions of southern slaves and free blacks, and the planning of the uprising in South Carolina; but there's almost no sense of Vesey as an individual. In the Toussaint volume the Hooblers don't write with the drama of their Nelson and Winnie Mandela [BKL Ap 15 87]. Like several in the World Leaders Past and Present series, this history of the slave who led his people to freedom in St. Domingue (later Haiti) bogs down at times in a dreary chronology of battles and treaties. Yet the lives and times of Vesey and Toussaint are so interesting to young people and so neglected in their books that libraries may want to buy these titles until something better is available. Each includes a chronology, a brief bibliography, and an index. Gr. 6-12. --Hazel Rochman


School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-9 --This entry in an established series covers the life of slave revolt leader Vesey. Because he was an epileptic, Vesey could not be sold, so he went to work for a slave-ship captain. Eventually, using funds derived from contract laboring and a lottery win, he purchased his freedom for $600. He worked as a carpenter, a position that enabled him to travel the countryside and see the living conditions of other blacks. So deeply was he affected by his travels that he considered emigrating to Africa, but decided to stay and fight for change instead. The course of action he chose was a bloody rebellion, but the plot was uncovered and he was hanged. A good introduction to the antislavery movement, this tells the story of one of the early slave heroes. The typical life of a slave is well described in terms that will be easily understood by the intended audience. --Elizabeth M. Reardon, McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.