About the Author

Kirt von Daacke is Associate Professor and Department Chair of History at Lynchburg College.

Denmark Vesey

Primary Sources

Starobin, Robert S., ed. Denmark Vesey: The Slave Conspiracy of 1822. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1970. This is an excellent edited collection of primary source materials stemming from the trials in 1822. It includes the Official Report, two confessions, and a selection of white writings in reaction to the plot.

Library of Congress. Slaves and the Courts: 1740-1860. This American Memory collection includes 8,700 pages of court decisions and arguments, reports, proceedings, and journals related to the experiences of slaves in the colonies and their courts, including the original report on the Denmark Vesey trials.

PBS Online. Africans in America. Though it contains no primary sources directly related to Denmark Vesey, it offers several primary sources related to other prominent colonial-era figures, including Phillis Wheatley, first published African American poet in the colonies; self-emancipated slave Venture Smith; and Lucy Terry Prince, freedwoman and gifted speaker.