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It could be considered almost ludicrous that most African-Americans were content with their station in life Although that was how they were portrayed to the white people it was a complete myth Most slaves were dissatisfied with their stations in life and longed to have the right of freedom Their owners were acutely conscious of this fact and went to great lengths to prevent slave uprisings from occurring An example of a drastic measure would be the prohibition of slaves receiving letters They were also not allowed to converge outside church after services in hopes of stopping conspiracy Yet the slaves still managed to fight back In 1800 the first major slave rebellion was conceived Gabriel Prosser was a 24 year old slave who was deeply religious He felt that slavery was morally wrong and chose to fight against it During the spring and summer of 1800 he began carefully creating a plan in which he would invade Richmond Virginia From there he would take over the armory and the powder house in order to have complete control over the city He soon recruited more than a thousand slaves and had weapons on hand On August 30 1800 Gabriels army collected outside Richmond Unfortunately they were unable to attack the city as a violent rainstorm ensued and ended up washing out all the bridges and roads His plans were revealed to Governor James Monroe by traitors Before the slave forces could regroup after the storm the state militia was sent out by the governor in an effort to stamp out the rebellion They succeeded and Gabriel Prosser was captured along with 34 followers He was executed shortly afterwardsDenmark Vesey was an upper class slave who had some degree of independence and free thought He was able to purchase his freedom in 1800 by winning a lottery of 600 From there he resided in Charleston South Carolina as a carpenter He was highly influenced by Christianity
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