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Denmark Vesey

The life of Denmark Vesey, as well as his attempted slave rebellion.
by

Isabelle Levy

on 26 March 2013

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Inspiring the Future Denmark remained as Jospeh's servant for seventeen more years

He fortunately won the lottery and bought his freedom for 600 dollars

He became a wealthy carpenter as well as a highly respected citizen in the town

Eventually he joined the Black Episcopal Methodist Church and preached to its congregants; Denmark suddenly had many followers Denmark was growing impatient with the amount of injustices towards his people

He began to teach a new liberation theology at the church to encourage his people to rebel

In 1818, a group of white men intruded into one of Denmark's teachings and arrested 140 members

Denmark was fed up with the constant prosecutions; it was time to rebel Tensions Rising Constructing a Rebellion An Unfortunate Result In June several nervous slaves gave in to their masters and told them the plans

Charleston authorities immediately took over and started arresting suspects

By the summer of 1822, Denmark and 77 of his followers had been hanged or imprisoned

Even though Denmark was hanged
and the rebellion was crushed,
his spirit and enthusiasm
remained for the future Denmark could have easily remained working as a carpenter, but he was more concerned for the fate of his people

The North included Denmark in the Evening Gazette for his bravery and leadership

Over thirty years later during the Civil War, Frederick Douglas recognized him as well

In the 1960's, civil rights workers remembered Denmark as a founding father in the fight for black freedom

Although Denmark's revolt was a failure,
its aftermath was a success Slave Rebellion Denmark Vesey Early Life Born in either Africa or St. Thomas as a slave in around 1767

Captain Joseph Vesey (eventually his master) shipped him to Cape Francais where Denmark would work on the sugar plantation

Already experiencing and witnessing slavery at fourteen years old

Pretended to have an epileptic fit, so he was given back to Joseph Vesey

Spent the next two years aboard the Captains ship in view of the horrible slave trade while sailing between Africa and the West Indies

Even though the men on the ship held a fair amount of equality, Denmark still felt sympathy for his people Meanwhile in Charleston... By 1720, more than half the population of South Carolina was slaves

Suffered separation from their families and cruel punishments

Managed to create a slave society where they all had a common ground

Worked from sun-up to sun-down in unpredictable conditions; they were in need of an inspiration to gather their spirit Life on the Seas Witnessed the harsh disicpline from the masters he had escaped from

The ship crew was diverse, so he became very accepting when leading the slave rebellion in his future

Even though he had escaped from the harsh discipline of masters, he still felt a sentimental connection with the slaves on plantations Will Denmark Vesey bring his memories of the slave trade into his future? OR Will he leave his experiences of the slave trade with his past? TO THE FUTURE! Charleston, South Carolina Denmark heard about a slave uprising that occurred in St. Domingue: If the slaves in St. Domingue could revolt, why not the slaves in Charleston?

He recruited 9,000 slaves to revolt against the slave system, and he planned to seize the arsenal and ships, murder the white population, destroy the city, and send the slaves back to Africa

The uprising was set to occur on Sunday July 14, 1822

The purpose was not simply for intimidation, but abolitionism and inspiration By: Isabelle Levy
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