The Confessions of Nat Turner with Related Documents

Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2016-09-16
Publisher(s): Bedford/St. Martin's
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Twenty years after the publication of the first edition of this volume, Nat Turner and the rebels of 1831 remain central figures in American culture. Kenneth S. Greenberg’s revised introduction updates the role of Nat Turner in American memory and also includes the latest scholarship on topics such as  the importance of neighborhoods to the community of enslaved people and the role of women in resisting enslavement.  New to this edition is a significant excerpt from David Walker’s 1830 Appeal – a radical attack on slavery from a Boston based African American intellectual that circulated near the area of the rebellion and echoed key themes of The Confessions of Nat Turner. The Appeal will compel students to ponder the question of Turner’s connection to a larger African American liberation movement. This volume’s appendixes offer an updated Chronology, Questions for Consideration, and Selected Bibliography, tools that will serve to facilitate the use of this book in the classroom.

Author Biography

Kenneth S. Greenberg is chair of the history department at Suffolk University. His research focuses on slavery and the master class of the Old South. He is the author of Masters and Statesmen: The Political Culture of American Slavery (1985) and the forthcoming Honor and Slavery: Lies, Duels, Noses, Masks, Dressing as a Woman, Gifts, Strangers, Humanitarianisms, Death, Slave Rebellions, the Proslavery Argument, Baseball, Hunting and Gambling in the Old South. Greenberg has been a fellow at the Charles Warren Center and a fellow in law and history at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

PART ONE: Introduction
The Confessions of Nat Turner: Text and Context

PART TWO: The Confessions of Nat Turner

PART THREE: Related Documents
1. The Richmond Compiler, August 24, 1831
2. The Constitutional Whig, August 29, 1831
3. The Richmond Enquirer, August 30, 1831
4. The Liberator, September 3, 1831
5. The Constitutional Whig, September 3, 1831
6. The Richmond Enquirer, September 20, 1831
7. The Constitutional Whig, September 26, 1831
8. The Norfolk Herald, November 4, 1831
9. The Norfolk Herald, November 14, 1831
10. Excerpts from the Court Records of Southampton County, 1831
11. Nat Turner's Trial Record, Excerpt from the Court Records of Southampton County, 1831
12. Excerpts from the Diary of Virginia Governor John Floyd, 1831-1832
13. Letter from Virginia Governor John Floyd to South Carolina Governor James Hamilton, Jr., November 19, 1831
14. Thomas R. Dew, "Abolition of Negro Slavery," September and December, 1832
15. David Walker, Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World, 1830

A Nat Turner Chronology (1800-1832)
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography

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