SOURCE: Boston Review
Looking for Nat Turner
Christopher Tomlins' new book takes seriously the apocalyptic Christianity of Nat Turner, viewing it not as a metaphor for liberation but a key part of how Turner understood freedom.
SOURCE: Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
Just Who Was Rebelling in Nat Turner's Rebellion?
University of Kentucky Historian Vanessa Holden will discuss her new community-oriented history of the rebellion of the enslaved in Southampton, Virginia in an online forum on Thursday, arguing that women and children were essential in planning and executing the rebellion associated with Nat Turner.
Witness Against the Beast
by Christopher Tomlins
Nat Turner followed his evangelical faith to challenge a profane and degenerate slaveholding regime. Today's white evangelical Christians must decide whether to support the successor of that regime.
He Said, She Said: In the Matter of Nat Turner
by Christopher Tomlins
Nat Turner spoke while black and asks us all to listen. If we are to understand him – to understand what sort of man he was, by whom he was charged to act, on whose behalf he acted, and why – we have to begin by listening.
SOURCE: Daily Beast
The Racial Politics of Nat Turner Tours
The subject of an acclaimed new movie, the 1831 slave revolt led by Turner is also the focus of two tours, one black and one white, in a region still divided over Turner’s legacy.
Historian Diana Ramey Berry praises effort to return the skull of Nat Turner to his family
by Daina Ramey Berry
Returning these body parts to descendants, or at least granting them a respectful burial, will help our nation heal from the sin of slavery and its ugly afterlife.
Why Nat Turner and the Southampton Rebels Killed Children
by Sarah N. Roth
The complicated matrix of reasons that went into the decision.
SOURCE: The Root
Nat Turner’s Remains Returned to His Family After Almost 200 Years
After being in white hands for several generations, Turner’s descendants were able to retrieve his skull from a former Gary, Ind., mayor.
Tricky Goal for ‘Birth of a Nation’: Inspire but Don’t Incite
Fox Searchlight has aimed a grass-roots campaign at churches, schools and pockets of political influence to ease the provocative film into communities on edge.
Another Thomas Jefferson Tried to Eliminate Slavery in Virginia
by Thomas Fleming
This article is adapted from Thomas Fleming’s new book, A Disease In the Public Mind – A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War. Part two of a three-part series (read parts one and two). Thomas Jefferson Randolph. Credit: Monticello.
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