Nat Turner: And the Southampton Revolt of 1831

Nat Turner: And the Southampton Revolt of 1831

by Martin S. Goldman

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Gr 9-12-- Goldman covers Turner's early years, giving good background on the institution of slavery and other slave insurrections. He then delves into the events of August 22, 1831 in chilling, bloody detail. Between 55 and 62 whites were brutally murdered by Turner and his band, over half of them women and children. Their aim in starting the revolt remains unclear, but Goldman offers his speculations. The work then takes readers through the band's trial and execution. He concludes with a section on how history has judged Nat Turner, urging readers to consider him as ``neither a hero nor a villain.'' Footnotes for each chapter appear at the end of the book; a center section includes 16 black-and-white reproductions. The bibliography includes Eric Foner's Nat Turner (Prentice-Hall, 1971; o.p.) and Henry Irving Tragle's The Southampton Slave Revolt of 1831 (University of Mass. Pr., 1971; o.p.), both of which are collections of primary materials on the revolt. When used in conjunction with either of these works, Goldman's work provides a smooth, well-written narrative of the events. --Elizabeth M. Reardon, McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN

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Scholastic Library Publishing
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Impact Biographies Ser.
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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