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The Death of Denmark Vesey

By James Paul Rice


Publication Date: HB November 8, 2016 | PB August 8, 2017

It is the fall of 1821. A teenage slave girl, Lucinda, and her mother are sent from Radcliffe Place Plantation, where they’ve spent their lives, to Charleston as servants for their master’s sister. As they adapt to city life, they attend the all-black congregation of the African Church in the city. There Lucinda meets Denmark Vesey, once a slave but now free after winning the East Bay Lottery and buying his freedom.

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It is the fall of 1821. A teenage slave girl, Lucinda, and her mother are sent from Radcliffe Place Plantation, where they’ve spent their lives, to Charleston as servants for their master’s sister. As they adapt to city life, they attend the all-black congregation of the African Church in the city. There Lucinda meets Denmark Vesey, once a slave but now free after winning the East Bay Lottery and buying his freedom.

By spring of 1822, the city is rocked with rumors of a violent slave revolt. Denmark Vesey has organized an army of insurrectionists through the African Methodist Episcopalian church in Charleston and help from the Voodoo Priest Gullah Jack. Vesey’s plan: masses of slaves will storm the gun stores and arsenals at midnight on a moonless night, pilfer weapons, burn the city to ashes, kill every white slaveholder in the city and escape by sail to Haiti or Africa.

Pitted against Charleston’s intendant, James H. Hamilton, Jr., Denmark Vesey goes into hiding as the plot begins to unravel. Slaves fold under threats and torture and Lucinda’s safety is threatened as the conflict between the powerful and the dispossessed grinds toward an inevitable conclusion.

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  • Format : Hardcover | Paperback | eBook
  • Publication Date : HB November 8, 2016 | PB August 8, 2017
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-13 : HC 978-1-910282-58-8 | PB 978-1-910282-67-0
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 9 inches | 229 x 159mm

About The Author

Author

James Paul Rice is a life-long native of South Carolina, the Palmetto State, in the USA and studied English literature and Aesthetics at the University of South Carolina. After reading a newspaper article about the 1822 Denmark Vesey slave revolt in Charleston, SC, James began to envision an historical novel with the Vesey affair at its core. He initiated the process by feeding on a steady diet of Graham Greene, Robert Penn Warren, Lawrence Durrell, Gore Vidal, and William Styron to build up writing muscle. The end result was The Death of Denmark Vesey. This is James’ first novel. James is a voracious reader of literature, poetry, history, cultural history, and art history. He is at work on his new novel, loosely based on the life of the French painter Henri Matisse, and set in Tunisia of the 1920’s with time shifts to ancient Carthage. The novel is also a treatise on aesthetics.

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