Congratulations to Robert Paquette, Executive Director of the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) on the release of his book “The Denmark Vesey Affair:  A Documentary History,” co-edited by Douglas Egerton, Professor of History, Le Moyne College. The volume delves into a seminal event in the history of South Carolina, a plot, uncovered in Charleston in 1822 and allegedly masterminded by a freed black carpenter named Denmark Vesey.  The plot transformed politics within the state, set the stage for South Carolina’s confrontation with federal power during the nullification crisis, and help chart the course of the South to secession.