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Denmark Vesey's Bible

Audiobook
Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   5 hour(s)
Publication date: 03/08/2022

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Denmark Vesey's Bible

The Thwarted Revolt That Put Slavery and Scripture on Trial

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696606912

Summary

A timely and provocative account of the Bible's role in one of the most consequential episodes in the history of slavery.

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Product Description

On July 2, 1822, Denmark Vesey, a formerly enslaved man, was hanged in Charleston, South Carolina. He was convicted of plotting what might have been the largest insurrection against slaveholders in US history. Witnesses claimed that Vesey appealed to numerous biblical texts to promote and justify the revolt. While sentencing Vesey to death, Lionel Henry Kennedy, a magistrate at the trial, accused Vesey not only of treason but also of "attempting to pervert the sacred words of God into a sanction for crimes of the blackest hue." Denmark Vesey's Bible tells the story of this momentous trial, examining the role of scriptural interpretation in the deadly struggle against American white supremacy and its brutal enforcement.

Jeremy Schipper brings the trial and its aftermath vividly to life, drawing on court documents, personal letters, sermons, speeches, and editorials. He shows how Vesey compared people of African descent with enslaved Israelites in the Bible, while his accusers portrayed plantation owners as benevolent biblical patriarchs responsible for providing religious instruction to the enslaved. What emerges is an explosive portrait of an antebellum city in the grips of racial terror, violence, and contending visions of biblical truth.

Author Bio

Jeremy Schipper is professor in the Departments of the Study of Religion and Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto. He is also coauthor, with Nyasha Junior, of Black Samson and the author of Disability and Isaiah's Suffering Servant and Parables and Conflict in the Hebrew Bible.