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Right on the Scaffold, or The Martyrs of 1822

The American Negro Academy. Occasional Papers No. 7

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Published: 1901
Language: English
Wordcount: 11,433 / 40 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.9
LoC Category: HT
Downloads: 403
Added to site: 2010.02.16
mnybks.net#: 26676
Origin: gutenberg.org
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tation, Vesey, with an instinct akin to genius, seemed to have excluded from his preliminary action everything like conscious combination or organization among his disciples, and to have confined himself strictly to the immediate business in hand at that stage of his plot, which was the sowing of seeds of discontent, the fomenting of hatred among the blacks, bond and free alike, toward the whites. And steadily with that patience which Lowell calls the "passion of great hearts," he pushed deeper and deeper into the slave lump the explosive principles of inalienable human rights. He did not flinch from kindling in the bosoms of the slaves a hostility toward the masters as burning as that which he felt toward them in his own breast. He had, indeed, reached such a pitch of race enmity that, as he was often heard to declare, "he would not like to have a white man in his presence."

And so, devoured by a supreme passion, mastered by a single predominant idea, Vesey looked for occasions, and when they were wan

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