A House Divided: Denmark Vesey’s Rebellion (1982)

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Based on a true story, A House Divided: Denmark Vesey’s Rebellion was filmed where it happened, in Charleston South Carolina. Yaphet Kotto plays Vesey, a former slave who has bought his freedom and is working as a carpenter. In 1822, Vessey organizes a slave rebellion in Charleston. Planning to hijack a ship and sail for Santo Domingo, he is fully aware that blood will be shed, but he and his followers are willing to die on their feet rather than live on their knees.

Director: Stan Lathan.
Writer: William Hauptman.
Stars: Yaphet Kotto, Ned Beatty, Bernie Casey, Antonio Fargas, Cleavon Little, Donald Moffat, Brock Peters.

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Note: Includes epilogue with Dr. Nathan I. Huggins and Dr. Armstead L. Robinson.

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