The Confessions of Nat Turner
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The Confessions of Nat Turner

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The Confessions of Nat Turner: The Leader of the Late Insurrection in Southampton, Virginia, is a first-hand account of Turner's confessions published by a local lawyer, Thomas Ruffin Gray, in 1831
Kindle Edition, 48 pages
Published 2008 (first published November 1831)
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Short, succinct, account of the Nat Turner rebellion. What makes it special is that is an oral account by Nat Turner himself. He comes off as intelligent, articulate, charismatic, and a bit mystical. He is also oddly calm both about the previous rebellion and his upcoming execution. The interviewer of the time, a white southerner, gives off the impression and tries to convey a tone that he is interviewing a monster a la Charles Manson instead of the leader of a revolution.

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Christopher Sutch
While reading this short pamphlet what occurred to me frequently was the question of its authenticity. Not that I wondered whether Nat Turner led a slave uprising in Virgina that resulted in several whites being slaughtered and many slaves, both those involved and those not involved in the uprising itself, being killed in retaliation by gangs of frightened slaveholders. But, rather, whether these "confessions" of Nat Turner, supposedly written down accurately by a white lawyer while Turner was i...more
This seems much more the product of Thomas R. Gray than Nat Turner. I noticed the odd phrase, "work of death" appear several times through the document. It appeared once in Gray's introduction, and a few more times attributed to Turner's confession, and again at the end by Gray. Gray, who was supposedly Turner's lawyer was never very sympathetic toward Turner. Another odd phrase attributed to Nat Turner was this, "we entered, and murdered Mrs. Reese in her bed, while sleeping; her son awoke, but...more
Written from the slaveholder perspective, although it asserts it's total truthfulness, I cannot help but find this suspect. It is certainly fascinating. Sad and violent from both sides and also at odds with the more admirable writings of MLK jr. Three stars for inability to know if this is really his true testimony. Although the man who conducted these interviews wasn't at all dreaming in his execution, while still recognizing Turner was a violent murderer.
A historical document produced at the time of the trial of Nat Turner and including his narrative of the slave rebellion led by him in Virginia, 1831. It is especially interesting to observe how Nat Turner and the event are framed by Turner's white interlocutor, Thomas Gray, who visited him in jail prior to his execution and published it. A must read for anyone interested in the history of racism and its consequences in the United States.
The transcript of the confession of the leader of the 1831 slave rebellion in which 55 whites were killed and later 56 slaves were convicted, tried and killed, leading to the oppressive black codes of the pre-Civil War South.
Chelsea Easter
VERY short, but detail description from Turner himself. His tone when describing the events of that night is so calm. Great story.
Extremely intersting after meeting and reading Styron's book.
nat turner is a douche.
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African-American Slave who started the largest slave rebellion in the antebellum southern United States.

His court confession has been released as a book.
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