The Fires of Jubilee: Nat Turner's Fierce Rebellion

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The bloody slave rebellion led by Nat Turner in Virginia in 1831 and the savage reprisals that followed shattered beyond repair the myth of the contented slave and the benign master, and intensified the forces of change that would plunge America into the bloodbath of the Civil War.

Stephen B. Oates, the acclaimed biographer of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr., presents a gripping and insightful account of the rebellion—the complex, gifted, and driven man who led it, ...

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Overview

The bloody slave rebellion led by Nat Turner in Virginia in 1831 and the savage reprisals that followed shattered beyond repair the myth of the contented slave and the benign master, and intensified the forces of change that would plunge America into the bloodbath of the Civil War.

Stephen B. Oates, the acclaimed biographer of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr., presents a gripping and insightful account of the rebellion—the complex, gifted, and driven man who led it, the social conditions that produced it, and the legacy it left. A classic now newly reissued for the first time in more than twenty years, here is the dramatic re-creation of the turbulent period that marked a crucial turning point in America's history.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times
“A penetrating reconstruction of the most disturbing and crucial slave uprising in America’s history. ... A vivid and excellent narrative account.”
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“A penetrating, moving, gripping, eminently successful and readable account of an important event in American history!”
FAWN BRODIE
“A much needed correction to historical fantasies. ... Grounded in the facts and excellently documented, this volume is essential for students of slavery and of the history of violence in America.”
Fawn Brodie
A much needed correction to historical fantasies. . . Grounded in the facts and excellently documented, this volume is essential for student of slavery and the history of violence in America.
New York Times
"A penetrating reconstruction of the most disturbing and crucial slave uprising in America's history. . . . A vivid and excellent narrative account.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060916701
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/1990
  • Series: Harper Perennial
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 185,124
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen B. Oates is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. His books include Let the Trumpet Sound: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and With Malice Toward None: A Life of Abraham Lincoln. Oates has been awarded numerous honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and Nevins-Freeman Award of the Civil War Round Table of Chicago for lifetime achievement in the field of Civil War studies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    HORRIBLE!!!

    This book is horrible and a disgrace to Nat Turner and his legacy. It focuses on everything else that was occurring in Virginia at the time and not Nat Turner and his story. This book reads like many history books written from a White perspective. It does not capture the emotions and stories of African Americans. I am very disappointed in this purchase. Out of the 177 pages that this book has only 4 are dedicated to the Slave Rebellion itself. Not good enough for even 1 star

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