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Nat Turner : a troublesome property

Author: Charles BurnettFrank ChristopherKenneth S GreenbergAlfre WoodardSubpix (Firm)All authors
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : California Newsreel, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Evaluates the authenticity of the earliest source, "The Confessions of Nat Turner", assembled by a white Virginia lawyer from jailhouse interviews. It then follows the controvery over the Nat Turner story played out through history. Alvin Poussaint and Ossie Davis recall how Nat Turner became a hero in the Black community. Religious scholar Vincent Harding and legal scholar Martha Minow reflect on America's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Historical films
Biographical films
Named Person: Nat Turner; Nat Turner; Nat Turner; William Styron
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Burnett; Frank Christopher; Kenneth S Greenberg; Alfre Woodard; Subpix (Firm); KQED-TV (Television station : San Francisco, Calif.); California Newsreel (Firm)
OCLC Number: 51673541
Credits: Edited by Michael Colin, Frank Christopher ; director of photography, John Demps ; music, Todd Capps.
Cast: Carl Lumbly (Nat Turner--Gray), Tommy Hicks (Nat Turner--Edmonds), James Opher (Nat Turner--Styron), Michael Lemelle (Nat Turner--Brown), Patrick Waller (Nat Turner--Stowe), Billy Dye (Nat Turner), Tom Nowicki (Thomas R. Gray), Megan Gallagher (Margaret Whitehead), Moses Gibson (Allen Crawford).
Performer(s): Narrator: Alfre Woodard; Commentators: Eric Foner, Peter Wood, Mary Kemp Davis, Ekewueme Michael Thelwell, Henry Louis Gates, Vincent Harding, Herbert Aptheker, William Styron, Kitty Futrell, Eugene Genovese, Rick Francis, Bruce Turner, Martha Minow, Ray Winbush, Ossie Davis, Alvin Poussaint, Ayoku Babu, James McGee, Charles Burnett, Kenneth S. Greenberg, Thomas Parramore, Louise Meriwether, Loyle Hairston.
Description: 1 videocassette (58 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
Details: VHS.
Responsibility: directed by Charles Burnett ; produced by Frank Christopher ; written by Charles Burnett, Frank Christopher, Kenneth S. Greenberg ; produced in association with KQED Public Television ; a production of subpix LLC.

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Evaluates the authenticity of the earliest source, "The Confessions of Nat Turner", assembled by a white Virginia lawyer from jailhouse interviews. It then follows the controvery over the Nat Turner story played out through history. Alvin Poussaint and Ossie Davis recall how Nat Turner became a hero in the Black community. Religious scholar Vincent Harding and legal scholar Martha Minow reflect on America's attitudes toward terrorism. One of the most bitter race battles of the 1960s is reexamined, when William Styron published his novel, The Confessions of Nat Turner.

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