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Nat Turner

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A fiery preacher and militant leader, Nat Turner organized a slave uprising that struck a defiant blow against slavery in the United States 30 years before the start of the Civil War.
Published (first published April 28th 1988)
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CH - Marvin Childress
Author: Terry Bisson; Introductory Essay: Coretta Scott King
This is the biography of Nat Turner, a revolutionary slave who revolted and rebelled against slave owners. It follows his story from beginning to end, and gets into what it felt like to be a slave, and the determination it took to rise up.

I like this biography a lot...more-so than most. While it does read like many, from...was born, to ...died; it begins at the end of his life, when he was caught and hung...the opening paragraphs are si
Mar 16, 2014 Helen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults and teens.
Recommended to Helen by: No-one.
A fast-moving account of the brief life of a slave in 1830s Virginia who received a religiously inspired vision or insight to take up arms in hopes of inspiring a general slave revolt. He was an inspirational Christian preacher and attracted followers to his clandestine cause. He and his followers carried out a destructive march through a small part of Virginia, murdering 60 whites in their homes and fields. A non-slave-owning poor white farmer was spared. Turner's force which at its peak number ...more
Tim Davis
Nov 09, 2013 Tim Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book astonishing author Terry Bisson takes us through the life and times of one of the biggest slave revolts in U.S history, led by male slave Nat turner. I found it amazing to go into the mind of a man who felt as if it was his god given right to be the "bringer of death if you will", to the white race. The journey begins on the day Nat turner is about to be publicly execute, after being caught and beaten. Knowing he is about to be killed he....Well you'll just have to read to find out. ...more
Dec 20, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting account of a courageous man typically given only a paragraph or so in school history books.
This is the only book I've read on Nat Turner so I can't really attest to its accuracy. It was an interesting read and with my limited knowledge I didn't catch any serious factual issues so I think it's pretty good. This definitely covers an element of American history that needs to be made known and understood.
Oct 02, 2011 Charles rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfic-biography
A short overview of the life of Nat Turner, who led the biggest slave revolt in the US.
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Terry Ballantine Bisson is an American science fiction and fantasy author best known for his short stories, including "Bears Discover Fire" (1990), which which won both the Hugo and Nebula awards, as well as They're Made Out of Meat (1991), which has been adapted for video often.

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