Originally published: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1999.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 169-192) and index.
Introduction. Reality of Denmark Vesey -- ch. 1. Men from Barbados -- ch. 2. Place called Charleston in the Christian language -- ch. 3. African Church and Denmark Vesey as prophet -- ch. 4. Nothing can be done without fire -- ch. 5. Theater of terror: the magnolia curtain and the sable curtain -- ch. 6. Trials of Vesey and his conspirators -- ch. 7. Shock of executions: Denmark Vesey as a national figure -- ch. 8. Darkness of slavery: Denmark Vesey as a historical figure -- ch. 9. Remembering Denmark Vesey as a black leader -- Postscript: a personal conclusion: Spartacus's list and the search for Vesey's grave -- Appendix. List of those who died with Denmark Vesey, 1822.