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The Resurrection of Nat Turner, Part 1: The Witnesses (Library Edition): A Novel

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The truth has been buried more than one hundred years . . . Leading a small army of slaves, Nat Turner was a man born with a mission: to set the captives free. When words failed, he ignited an uprising that left over fifty whites dead. In the predawn hours of August 22, 1831, Nat Turner stormed into history with a Bible in one hand, brandishing a sword in the other. His re ...more
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Lashanda
Nov 28, 2011 Lashanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of Sharon Ewell Foster and I must say, she has done it again.

Reading the book, you feel like you are right there with the characters waiting for the sign. The emotion was so real. Being taken from your land and stripped of your identity is enough to break anybody but not "Nancy." Nat Turner was the product of rape. But that didn't keep her from loving her son. She taught him about his ancestors. He in turn taught her the way the "Americans" were taught. She was livid about the lies an
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Titilayo
Oct 21, 2011 Titilayo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
so despite the ethiopian/coptic christian angle, referring to countries that did not exist in 1800, and improper plural form of edwards's to refer to chattel belonging to them this was a great book. being a nerd who loves history and revolution i give it four stars. got to love the resilence of the human spirit. i appreciate the author's active imagination. viva le historical fiction. probably not going to read the sequeal any time soon; but i appreciate her musing about a real life event bogged ...more
Adrienna
Ironically, I am reading from the author's note and other commentaries in the back of the book first. The key points I enjoyed early in the book (Harriet) was the notion of Africans that were enslaved on American soil to go back to Africa...how is that possible when we toiled, died, and molded America to what it is today by the labor of our hard work forced upon us during this time span mentioned in the book--1800s. Reminded how we (Africans enslaved) were also conditioned to follow their laws/r ...more
Karen
Nov 08, 2011 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
I learned a little about Nat Turner in a previous historical fiction book, and right as I was returning it to the library, this one was sitting out on display, so I grabbed it.

Things I liked: I feel like the author really tried to explore different viewpoints, although not super objectively, but still, it was interesting to see the same time frame from different point of view. The very vivid descriptions portrayed in the memories of one slave that was captured from and shipped over on a boat cau
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James Lucas
Feb 14, 2016 James Lucas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read of Nat Turner in history books, the author takes you down a path unimaginable. A lot of miss info arrested and a better perspective of the events brought forward.
I will not go into issues of that time compared to today however, I'd recommend this reading to all readers. There are just stories that need to be told that are getting lost in the business of the day.
Lissa
Aug 31, 2011 Lissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is why Sharon Ewell Foster is my favorite author. Foster is amazing. Stunning.

Wow....

A historical gem, the storytelling literally transports you to Jeffersonian Virginia. So epic. So well researched. So well interpreted. So inclusive. So awe inspiring. The scale is Gone with the Wind or Grapes of Wrath.

I thought Nat Turner was just a footnote in history. He was just a slave, a brief history character that was violent. He wasn't human or real. But I am just blown away. Nat Turner, a revol
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Liza
It was a little confusing listening to this audio book, as there were so many characters I could not concentrate on the whole story. I paid a little more attention toward the end, when the "trial" was taking place. Very interesting that there was even a trial when slaves weren't considered believable beings. All that was needs was enough whites to believe one story and the truth goes out the window.
Douglas Graney
Jul 30, 2015 Douglas Graney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mammoth story. Rich. Enlightening. Highly creative. One of the most unusual and best books I've read. This story goes way beyond the title.
Nicole Sharon
Feb 25, 2016 Nicole Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hard to listen to, but it was worth it. I love this author. Read through audio book.
Patricia Souder
Mar 01, 2015 Patricia Souder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Insightful and well written.
Laura
Dec 04, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought I had written a review for the book which I found great. I loved how the author developed the story line, it made Nat Turner more of a person instead of someone that one day tried to kill up some white people. This book incorporated his life, his mother who had memories of the place she was captured and brought to the shores of American. I plan to read her second book on this subject. Thanks for your research and spenning this story Ms. Foster
Connie
Dec 21, 2011 Connie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a masterpiece; Ms. Foster has been called "the Picasso of the Pen". I agree with this description. This work is very powerful, but it is also devestatingly sadistic in that it details the horrific behavior of the whites and/or slave owners living in the area of the Rebellion. Please note that I refer to The Rebellion but not the Rebellion of Nat Turner.
Name Doris Powell
Apr 25, 2012 Name Doris Powell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the story. I liked how Ms. Foster wrote it. I did not care for the whippings, hangings, etc. that were in the story.That is why I am still debating reading part 2, THE TESTIMONY. But the author is a very good writer
Lizziepeps
Sep 17, 2013 Lizziepeps rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing! There are so many lies in Western "history" and I pray the TRUTH will come out! Well done!
Deborah Parker
Apr 20, 2012 Deborah Parker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very riveting. Peaked my interest in exploring more on this part of history.
Karen Linton
Mar 23, 2012 Karen Linton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a quick read, but it is a good one. Excellent writing.
Quinesia Johnson
May 20, 2015 Quinesia Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks-read
Well done. Uniquely constructed.
Joseph Wm.
Jul 17, 2013 Joseph Wm. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It gave me knowledge about slavery.
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