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Denmark Vesey's Garden talk and book signing

Authors Ethan J. Kytle and Blain Roberts join us to discuss their book, Denmark Vesey's Garden.

From the authors' website:

A book that strikes at the source of the recent flare-ups over Confederate symbols in Charlottesville, New Orleans, and elsewhere, Denmark Vesey’s Garden reveals the deep roots of these controversies and traces them to the capital of slavery in the United States: Charleston, South Carolina, where almost half of the slaves brought to the U.S. stepped onto our shores, where the first shot at Fort Sumter began the Civil War, and where Dylann Roof murdered nine people at Emanuel A.M.E. Church, which was co-founded by Denmark Vesey, a black revolutionary who plotted a massive slave insurrection in 1822.

As early as 1865, former slaveholders and their descendants began working to construct a romanticized memory of the antebellum South. In contrast, former slaves, their descendants, and some white allies have worked to preserve an honest, unvarnished account of slavery as the cruel system it was.

Examining public rituals, controversial monuments, and competing musical traditions, Denmark Vesey’s Garden tracks these two rival memories from the Civil War to recent decades—when a segregated tourism industry reflecting these opposing visions of the past took hold in the popular vacation destination. Denmark Vesey’s Garden exposes a hidden dimension of America’s deep racial divide, joining the small bookshelf of major, paradigm-shifting interpretations of slavery’s enduring legacy in the United States.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Address: 
7 Hillcrest Place
High Point, NC 27262
Books: 
Denmark Vesey's Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781620973653
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New Press - April 3rd, 2018