Janet Maslin of NY Times Lists "Denmark Vessey's Garden: Slavery and Memory" as 1 of 5 Best Books

Pat Young

Brev. Brig. Gen'l
Featured Book Reviewer
Jan 7, 2013
Long Island, NY
Janet Maslin, renowned book reviewer for the NY Times, published her five best books of 2018, including this Civil War-related history and study of Civil War memory. Here is what she wrote:

‘DENMARK VESEY’S GARDEN: SLAVERY AND MEMORY IN THE CRADLE OF THE CONFEDERACY’ By Ethan J. Kytle and Blain Roberts (The New Press). This groundbreaking exploration of the history of memory is essential reading about race and the Civil War. It focuses on Charleston, S.C.: its known past, its mythmaking about same, the competing factions there who have even tailored different accounts of slavery to what different groups of tourists want to hear. The authors make it clear that these issues still roil our present by starting with Dylann Roof’s 2015 massacre of nine black parishioners at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and the distortions about slavery that fueled his hatred. Denmark Vesey was a co-founder of that same church, a freed slave executed in 1822 for allegedly plotting to lead a slave revolt.