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"Reflections, Occasioned by the late Disturbances in Charleston "
1822

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On November 4, 1822, three months after the execution of Denmark Vesey and his followers, a tract by "a Soldier and a Patriot of the Revolution: whose name" the publisher did not "feel...at liberty to use" was published and sold in Richmond.

Reflections, Occasioned by the late Disturbances in Charleston was published under the pseudonym "Achates," since the author's real name "would stamp a peculiar weight and value on his opinions."

"[C]alculated to arouse the anxieties of patriotism, and to invoke all that the maturity of experience is capable of yielding," the pamphlet outlined what the author believed to be the causes of the insurrection: "the example of Santo Domingo;" the instigation of the Northern states; "the indulgencies which have so pampered" the city's black domestics, especially literacy; the profitable occupations that led to "the possession of much money by blacks;" and the size of the black population of Charleston.

The anonymous author suggests a number of strategies to reduce the black population, including the encouragement of Irish immigration.




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