Nat Turner A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory

ISBN-10: 0195177568
ISBN-13: 9780195177565
Edition: 2004
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List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/21/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Nat Turner's name rings through American history with a force all its own. Leader of the most important slave rebellion on these shores, murderer of unarmed men and women, beacon of freedom, religious fanatic-this contradictory figure represents all the terrible complexities of American slavery. And yet, writes Kenneth Greenberg, we do not know what he looked like, where he is buried, or even whether Nat Turner was his real name. In Nat Turner, Greenberg gathers twelve distinguished scholars to offer provocative new insight into the man, his rebellion, and his time. The historians here explore Turner's slave community, discussing the support for his uprising as well as the religious and literary context of his movement. They examine the place of women in his insurrection, and its far-reaching consequences (including an extraordinary 1832 Virginia debate about ridding the state of slavery). Here arediscussions of Turner's lurid visions-the instructions he received from God to kill all of his white oppressors. Louis Masur places him against the backdrop of the nation's sectional crisis, and Douglas Egerton puts his revolt in the context of rebellions across the Americas. We trace Turner's passage throughAmerican memory, and Greenberg includes a fascinating interview with William Styron on his landmark book, The Confessions of Nat Turner. Nat Turner has always been controversial, an emblem of the searing wound of slavery in American life. This book, coinciding with a documentary co-written by Greenberg, directed by Charles Burnett, and produced by Frank Christopher, offers a clear-eyed look at one of the best known and least understood figures in our history.

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Introduction
The Search for Nat Turner
Name, Face, Body
The Construction of The Confessions of Nat Turner
Stories of the Rebellion
The Event
Covenant in Jerusalem
Communities and Contexts
Symptoms of Liberty and Blackhead Signposts: David Walker and Nat Turner
A Prophet in His Own Land: Support for Nat Turner and His Rebellion within Southampton's Black Community
Reading, Revelation, and Rebellion: The Textual Communities of Gabriel, Denmark Vesey, and Nat Turner
Nat Turner in a Hemispheric Context
Nat Turner and Sectional Crisis
"What Happened in This Place?": In Search of the Female Slave in the Nat Turner Slave Insurrection
Memory
Styron's Choice: A Meditation on History, Literature, and Moral Imperatives
Interview with William Styron
Interview with Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D.
Epilogue: Nat Turner in Hollywood
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