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The Birth of a Nation: Nat Turner and the Making of a Movement

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This official tie-in to the highly acclaimed film, The Birth of a Nation, surveys the history and legacy of Nat Turner, the leader of one of the most renowned slave rebellions on American soil, while also exploring Turner’s relevance to contemporary dialogues on race relations.

Based on astounding events in American history, The Birth of a Nation is the epic story of one ma
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by 37 Ink
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Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Edwin Blair
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Short on content, but rich in depth is how'll I'll begin the review. Nate Parker, with clear, concise and elegance shares with us the arduous process and sacrifices he commited to, inorder for this film passion-project come into fruition. Interspersed with inspiring anecdotes of his interactions with several luminaries and notables he sought or volunteered to guide him through this ambition undertaking by "a simple actor with no directorial experience" who came across some difficulties in findin ...more
Mar 02, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
I was looking for a history on Nat Turner, not a tedious recounting (especially via audiobook) by a director about getting a movie made. Luckily there are other books out there on the subject of Turner & slave uprisings in general.

Also, I'm not sure just how prevalent the ignorance about Turner is in the at-large history books/educational curriculum. According to Parker, Turner was an obscure, unremarked-upon figure until he was in college and he apparently never thought to seek out knowledge on
Jas Dosanjh
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes black history
I wasn't planning on reading this book, but it landed on my desk by mistake (local librarian was very keen for me to read it even though I hadn't requested it!) I haven't watched either of the movies of the same title Birth of a Nation. The D W Griffith one was released in 1915 and it ended up reviving the Ku Klux Klan and the idea of white supremacy. I certainly did not know what to expect from the 2016 movie by Nate Parker (this book is the official tie-in to that movie). However, despite it b ...more
Oliver Hunt
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Was hoping for more history around slave revolts and there was a little bit in this book... but the first half of the book was all about the process of shooting a movie about Nat Turner and the challenges with raising funds. Not quite what I was looking for.
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Joel Gass
May 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
mostly about making the movie.
Arthur Queen
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Better than I'd even imagined. ...more
Sam Motes
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nate’s book was short on length but deep on emotion as it tells the back story behind his impassioned movie.
Marty Troyer
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
A good listen.
Focused a lot on developing the film. Listened to this until Stamped from the Beginning became available at the library, then stopped and didn't come back.
Leo Cratic
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wants-to-read
Great read!!!!!!
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
My plan was to read this book *before* watching the film (DVD) of the same name by Nate Parker. The book provides context to the movie without many spoilers, allowing the movie to retain its emotional impact. I had read The Fires of Jubilee: Nat Turner's Fierce Rebellion by Stephen Oates some years back (see my review there), so if you are looking for a book specifically about Nat Turner that is an excellent one as this book is a companion piece to the movie. In this book, there are essays by di ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very informative, pulls you in, breaks it all down in depth book! If you watched the movie first this book compliments the movie well with the in-depth details and behind the people information. If you read the book first you’ll be anxious to see the movie. Great book, very significant in terms of what happen in the 1700-1800s period until the present and what’s happening now with race relations.
Beverly Stotz
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was so much of our nation's history that was swept under the rug or watered-down to a version that the people involved wouldn't recognize. I appreciate Nate Parker for writing this book and going to such great lengths to make sure the film happened. I loved the inputs from the film crew and cast. ...more
Literary Jewels
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to reneeNaDaBomb by: History buff
Shelves: history
I saw the movie first, then felt compelled to purchase a copy of the book to find out more info re: American history. The film and this book shows an amazing part of the spirit of our fellow countrymen and their quest for freedom. A true experience that should be taught in history courses.
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Necessary read

After watching the beautiful piece of art film, I had to read the book. I've learned so much in just a few weeks of reading this book. I will keep the words of wisdom with me in my journey to the truth and liberation of oppressed people, especially black people!
Tiffany Tyler
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great balance of behind the scenes with Nate, the cast, and crew discussing the process of how the movie was made and history that you probably didn't learn in your high school textbook surrounding Nat Turner and society as a whole during that timeframe. ...more
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can't wait to watch this movie!! ...more
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