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The rebellious slave : Nat Turner in American memory

Author: Scot French
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this detailed study spanning the eras of slavery, Jim Crow, and civil rights, Scot French places the contested history and enduring memory of Nat Turner's Rebellion within the broader context of the black freedom struggle. French builds his narrative around close readings of historical texts, both famous and obscure, from early American prophecies of slave rebellion to William Styron's 1967 Pulitzer  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Named Person: Nat Turner; Nat Turner; Nat Turner; Nat Turner; Nat Turner; Nat Turner
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Scot French
ISBN: 0618104488 9780618104482
OCLC Number: 1203307789
Description: x, 379 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgements --
Introduction --
1. --
Prophecy --
2. --
Inquisitions --
3. --
Apotheosis --
4. --
Signposts --
5. --
Commemorations --
Epilogue --
The continuing saga --
appendix. --
The Confessions of Nat Turner, as told to Thomas R. Gray --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Scot French.

Abstract:

"In this detailed study spanning the eras of slavery, Jim Crow, and civil rights, Scot French places the contested history and enduring memory of Nat Turner's Rebellion within the broader context of the black freedom struggle. French builds his narrative around close readings of historical texts, both famous and obscure, from early American prophecies of slave rebellion to William Styron's 1967 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about Turner. He devotes considerable attention to the interplay between quasi-official narratives, such as "The Confessions of Nat Turner" by Thomas R. Gray, and less authoritative sources, such as rumor and oral tradition. Whereas most historians accept "The Confessions" as gospel, French presents several compelling counternarratives that point to a wider conspiracy. A groundbreaking work of American history, analogous to Merrill D. Peterson's Lincoln in American Memory and Nell Painter's Sojourner Truth: A Life, a Symbol, The Rebellious Slave will alter our views of both slavery and its complex, everchanging legacy."--Jacket.

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