January 15th

Denmark Vesey was a free man, carpenter, and accused leader in a potential slave revolt in Charleston, South Carolina.  He co-founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church and helped it grow to become the second largest church in the nation.  In 1822, he was accused of insurrection and executed along with 5 others.

– Based on descriptive word choice, what bias might the author hold of Vesey?

– In relation to the letters, what impact did the court ruling have among the citizens of Charleston?

– Was Vesey leading an uprising?  How would we know for sure just by reading these sources?