This chapter describes the Denmark Vesey insurrection scare, the most significant challenge the paternalist movement faced during its insurgent phase. Charleston stood as the central staging ground and ideological epicenter of the paternalist insurgency. At the same time, nowhere was the movement better equipped to defend itself than in Charleston. Given the nature of the attack on paternalism that came as part of the public reaction to the discovery of the Denmark Vesey insurrection plot during the summer of 1822, the movement needed all the strength it could muster to stand its ground.
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