Prophet - The Story of Nat Turner

Prophet - The Story of Nat Turner

by Kenya Cagle


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Prophet - The Story of Nat Turner by Kenya Cagle

Nat Turner, born into slavery October 2, 1800, on a Southampton County plantation, became a preacher who stated in his confession he'd been chosen by God to lead slaves from bondage. On August 21, 1831, he led a freedom movement that resulted in the participation of nearly 100 slaves and free blacks throughout the state. This crusade concluded with the ultimate punishment of nearly 60 slave owners, their wives and children. He eluded capture for nearly six weeks was eventually imprisoned and later hanged. The incident frightened the slave owners so much that in a desperate attempt to hold on to their unjust power they enacted harsher laws against slaves and free black that exhilarated the emancipation movement.

Born October 2, 1800 in Southampton County, Virginia. Nat is born on the Virginia plantation of Benjamin Turner. At the age of 3 Nat is witnessed by his parents prophesying about past events. Completely amazed they realize that their son was born for a higher purpose. In addition to being a young prophet Benjamin Turner and the entire neighborhood is astonished and shocked to learn of Nat's mysterious reading and writing comprehension at age 5. At age 10, Nat's father escapes slavery vowing to return for his wife and child. By age 12 Nat encounters a gang of 4 white youth who pummels him helplessly with snowballs. A few weeks later Nat runs into that same gang. This time he revenges the defeat by pelting his attackers with rocks. As a teenager Nat leaves the plantation without permission. An overseer immediately whips him upon his return. Nat sets a trap for the overseer, which results in a horse accident. The overseer legs are crushed. He is unable to return to work.

Nat becomes fed up with being enslaved. He runs away. After being free for 30 days, Nat receives a vision from God telling him to return to his earthly master. Nat also see images of the future civil war to come. Nat is assured by the Holy Spirit that his special purpose would help to bring about change. Still thinking about himself Nat argues with the spirit. The spirit chastises Nat. Nat decides to return.

After Nat returns some slave dislikes him. Others think he is nuts for returning. On his return, a young beautiful slave girl named Cherry questions Nat. God rewards Nat for his loyalty and he marries Cherry. Cherry is a strong black woman who loves Nat and stands behind everything he does. It is Cherry who Nat shares his innermost thoughts and visions with. They have one child, Charlotte whom Nat loves very much. He does his best to be a good father.

Because he returned on his own, Nat is allowed to travel as much as he wants without a pass. In addition he is allowed to preach at different plantations. He is a fiery preacher and leader in his Southampton County neighborhood. His reputation expands and Nat is one of the most sought after black preachers in the south. Nat's slave owners trust him very much. Nat's first signal is an eclipse of the Sun in 1831. It is revealed to Nat that he would lead an emancipation movement among his people. It is at this time that he realizes he must rise up and stand for his people. The emancipation movement begins officially on August 21, 1831, when he and six other former slaves, now freedom fighters punish the Travis family killing all five inhabitants, managing to secure arms and horses. This is when it all hits the fan. Nat and the freedom fighters travel from plantation to plantation punishing the wicked slave owners and their families with death through various means. They encounter many obstacles. They meet many interesting characters both slaves and non-slaves. In the end 55 slave owners and their families are eliminated. Over 200 innocent black are killed by barbaric revengeful mobs. It takes the United States Calvary, hundreds of militia and a force of nearly three thousand soldiers to stop this small group of determined revolutionaries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492206774
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Pages: 186
Sales rank: 868,424
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Kenya Cagle holds an MBA in Media Management.
He began as a child actor doing community and Off-Broadway Theater. He studied drama at the prestigious High School of Performing Arts, Communications and Media Arts at Empire State College and Business Management at Metropolitan College. In 1975, Kenya started working as an Associate Producer for the First Family Theater. He thrilled audiences across New York State. In 1981, he created and Co-produced Nu Artists Productions and continued to create for stage, video and film. In addition to various write-ups and press coverage, Mr. Cagle received a "People In Profile" Award in 1984. In 1988, he received a Brooklyn Arts and Cultural Association Award for his independent film "Enuf'." In 1994, he received a Certificate of Appreciation from Governor Mario Cuomo and a Certificate of Recognition from Congressman Ed Towns.

In 1989, Kenya created the commercially viable and award winning UHF talk show "Take it to the Hill" and became an informative source for the Black community. "'Take it to the Hill" ran on UHF and cable access television for over 15 years and is now owned by "Take it to the Hill Productions." In 2001, Kenya became the president and CEO of CagleVision. In 2002, his first short film "The Boy Who Saw Christ" was screened at various festivals. He produced his first feature film "Goodnite Charlie" in August 2004. "Goodnite Charlie" features veteran performers Vanessa Tyler and Kimberly Shay Jones. "Goodnite Charlie" received two awards during the intial August 2004 screening. It has been selected for screening in several festivals. Since this time, Kenya has produced twenty shorts and features including the award winning The Miracle which was voted as the most downloaded film in 2005 at The Midnite Madness Movie Festival. His features TK - The Series, Father Dad, Rich From Within and Thug Kidz all went on to become award winning festival films. By 2007 The Action On Film International Film Festival in California gave Kenya top honors by naming an award after him.

In 2011 his film Black Heart won three awards including Best Guerilla Feature Film. In 2012 His movie Brooklyn Gangster won a silver award for Best Feature Film of 2012. Then in 2013, his motion picture Your Roommate won a best picture award.

Kenya has two other feature films waiting for release this year. One is a christian film For Old Times Sake written by Mack Williams & The Expert a martial arts drama written by Shaan Preme Davis.

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Prophet - The Story of Nat Turner 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"A Story of Slavery, Love, Survival, Bravery and Faith in God" As a light skinned woman, who is a product of a mulatto father, that was born in 1929 to a white father and a black mother, in Oxford, North Carolina -- I too have experienced the damaging psychological effects of slavery 30+ years later, which caused division in the black race because they believed light skinned women were treated better and preferred over dark skinned women. Not considering the fact, that in order for a mulatto slave child to be born in those days, the mother had to be raped by her slave owner. In the book Prophet - The Story of Nat Turner; Nat's father escaped and promised that he would come back for his family, to deliver them from the conditions of slavery, but he was caught and killed because one of the black slaves told the slave master where he was. Nat's mother NKECHI explained to him saying; a lot of our own people are mentally dead, but they don't know it. They are more dangerous to you than the white man will ever be because they look like you, and they are in the same condition as you, so you think you can trust them, but you cant! Nat Turner also spoke about how embarrassed he felt looking into the eyes of black women and children, knowing that he NOR any of the the other black male slaves had the ability to protect them, and as a result, he was not eager to have children of his own. Salves were so conditioned to the fear and entrapment of the slave master, that even after they were set free, they sold Nat and his unit out to the slave owners. It's unfortunate, that in this day and time, slavery still has an impact on the way that we relate to one another. The victim has become the victimizer; causing harm among his own race, even after the sacrifice of such a brave Prophet, Nat Turner, who gave up his life, with so much dignity, so that we could experience freedom. When I was done reading the book, all I could do was pick up my pen and write in the back of my autographed book, WOW! So much hatred! Kenya Cagle wrote a compelling story of slavery, love, survival, bravery and faith in God. A story of slave owners power, dominance, violence, tortuous acts upon innocent men women and children; including the disregard for the human soul and spirit. It's beyond my comprehension to understand how anyone could be so cruel. Nonetheless, it's a fact and a must read; including a part of our history that needs to be shared. So get your copy today!!! Great Job Kenya Cagle! I'm very impressed with your work and looking forward to the screenplay.
Jordan_Duncan1 More than 1 year ago
I loved 12 Years A Slave but I love this film more. Ok it's not a film, it's a screenplay in book form but it might as well be. I could see each and every scene unfold before my eyes. The characters spoke to me. I learned so much about Nat Turner and the insurrection.  I learned about his wife and child. This book gives an insight into the motives and goals of the revolt. The story is told in a masterful way. This is a book that you must get. It will make you laugh and cry.  This is the best screenplay I have read in years.
Denver0 More than 1 year ago
Being of Creole descent I am always fascinated with stories that delve into the history of my people. The Story of Nat Turner not only captures the essence of early life for African American slaves at the beginning of the 19th century, it leaves the reader with an envisioned sense of the struggles and tribulations.  The writing is so natural, so realistic, I found myself totally absorbed, unable to stop reading until I finished the book in its entirety. Mr. Cagle’s delightful display of prose is refreshing, hypnotic and utterly compelling.  The conflict expressed is so heart wrenching that tears actually sprang into my eyes while reading some of the passages.  I highly recommend this book and I will most definitely be recommending it to friends and family alike. I give Prophet – The Story of Nat Turner 5 stars!
bookaddictJP More than 1 year ago
I used Nat Turner story in a book that I have just finished. I did not research his story fully and concentrated only on his rebellion, through the eyes of a slave owner. Now that I have had the opportunity to read this wonderful screenplay, I realise that everyone has to judge the events of the Nat Turner rebellion for themselves and with their own conscience. Nat Turner was many things but he was not evil. Did he kill, yes. Did he murder innocent people, yes, but how many innocent Africans and black people from the Indies endured the inhumane life of a slave without hope or dignity? Nat Turner may be a rebel, a killer, to some but he was also a man who had a vision and not a selfish one, but one that would set slaves free of shackles, the whip, and the soul crushing hopelessness, which was their lives...Now this has to be made into a movie, in order for more people to realise that not only did slavery exist then but that it still exists today in Nat Turner's Africa.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an incredible story. Heart wrenching, powerful, and truly mezmerizing. I can not begin to imagine the horrors people endured and the courage that it took to do what they did. What tremendous faith they had. Truly, truly inspiring. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had heard of Nat Turner before I read this. Now I feel as though I know him. ‘Prophet -The story of Nat Turner’ is a page turner! It starts with how Nat's African born mother was captured, and sold into slavery. Although she suffered horribly, her spirit was never truly broken. I feel as though God blessed her with Nat, to confirm that he was aware of the suffering of his more pigmented children... He sent Nat a gifted prophet, healer, speaker, and leader to give his people hope, courage, and pride! God is always on his throne, and never forsakes us. We may suffer however we are sustained up by his mightily hands. That is what I got from this play. Someone equated this to roots, I agree with that comparison. It is so easy to forget the horrific suffering endured by the African American slaves--this play brings it to the forefront of our minds. Excellent job Kenya Cagle!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
'Prophet - The Story of Nat Turner' - is the story of Nat Turner, a slave and a preacher who was inspired by God to lead a slave revolt in Virginia in the 1830's. The story covers his whole life and Kenya's gripping plot, ear for dialogue and rich characters make this a compelling read. Surprisingly the story is presented as a movie script instead of a novel but you quickly get used to reading it in that format. If you thought '12 Years a Slave' told you everything you needed to know about slavery, think again as 'Prophet - The Story of Nat Turner' reveals details not well known. Highly recommended.
StarGazer2 More than 1 year ago
The Prophet: The Story of Nat Turner was an inspiring and motivational screenplay. I have never read a screenplay before, so the format was a little weird in the beginning. But as soon as I got the hang of understanding it, I lost myself in the imagery the story created. This is a story I believe EVERYONE should read at least once.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Prophet - The Story of Nat Turner" is a new screenplay by Kenya Cagle, and it concerns the most shameful stain on American history: slavery. Particularly, it tells the story of Mr. Nat Turner (1800-1831) and how he led a a group of fellow slaves to stage a rebellion against slave masters and their families. This revolt led to a great deal of bloodshed (including the murder of Mr. Turner himself) - but it also set in motion events that ultimately led to the Civil War and the abolition of slavery in 1865. The screenplay includes details of torture and brutality that are not commonly known, such as the sodomizing of male slaves and the using of slave children as alligator bait. The dramatic tension comes through very clearly on the printed page, and it will be even better to see it on screen. Until that time, the screenplay is well worth reading. Since American audiences have just recently been deeply affected by the film "Twelve Years a Slave," this would be a perfect time to share another true story: that of Mr. Nat Turner.
Gemma1 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes you come across a book that cuts deep and it does it in an honest and simple way; without overly described passages or purple prose. With Prophet, The Story of Nat Turner, it comes in the form of a script, but it is all the more powerful for it. I was shocked and saddened at times, and found myself smiling when good things happened to the slave Nat and his loved ones. But the good times weren't often and didn't last long. I don't know how I would have dealt with the horrors that Nat Turner suffered, and those he loved. Such books like Roots and North and South revealed the nightmares, Cagle's Prophet sheds light on some acts of brutality neither of these two books offered. A worthy read, and one that enlightens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This screen play captured my attention from beginning to end. I read it straight through. I was impressed as I was allowed an inside glimpse of Nat Turner. I can't imagine being born a slave. I can't imagine having your man hood stripped from you in so many ways. They raped men and women. I also head the term alligator bate and was shocked and mortified to learn that little black children were the alligator bate. I truly enjoyed this screen play. I hope it goes to the big screen. I think the most powerful screen for me was " I believe general. I believe we can win. I remember you once said during a sermon that sometimes we must sacrifice for the greater cause. I only have one life to give for my people and their freedom. I will give it now and one day our people will be free."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As I read the story of Nat Turner I kept thinking back to my school days. We were taught about slavery, or should I say we were taught that there was such a thing as slavery. We learned that American colonists went to Africa and forced men and women onto boats where they were brought to the United States and sold as slaves to work on plantations. As children we learned that slavery was wrong and that slave traders were bad. I think we even learned that slaves were whipped and beaten. Some slave owners were even portrayed as “kind.” We all want to think of founding father Thomas Jefferson as a kind slave owner. But if he was really that kind, he would have set his slaves free and he would not have used slave girls for sex. But I never learned the story of Nat Turner in school. I don’t remember mention of him. Although our public school teaching about slavery was something that all children will remember, there was nothing in the schooling that could reach into your heart and tear at your soul. It was never a life changing experience. It was never personal. Prophet - The Story of Nat Turner is personal. We see slavery from the inside. We see and feel the shameful history of the white colonists who cared only about running a farm with free labor; well that plus the endless supply of beautiful young women they could rape. It tells the whole story. We get to see the slave traders and slave owners for what they really were: barbaric, inhuman savages. And we get to see the Africans who were kidnapped and sold into slavery for what they really were: a people so innocent that they could not even comprehend the real reason the savages were stealing them. The godly people of Africa knew nothing about the lust for money. The only reason they could think of as to why they were being taken was that they thought the savages were going to eat them. “NKECHI But why are we here? Why are they doing this? MCHUMBA I believe they are white cannibals. They want to boil us, cook us and then eat us. Why else would they be doing this?” Prophet - The Story of Nat Turner is more than a strong book about slavery that should be required reading in every school in America. It is also a moving story with real characters who come to life. We feel the physical and mental pain as children are ripped out of their mother’s arms and sold to the highest bidder on the slave block. We feel the horror of a grown man who tries to fall asleep a few yards away from where is wife is being raped by a slave owner/savage. It is a story about love and heartache and it is a story about a people desperately needing someone to believe in. Main character Nat Turner is that person. He is more than just intelligent. He has many surprising gifts. His sermons are amazing. He is a prophet. Even white people come to hear him preach. Nat develops a following. People come from far away to hear him preach. But a leader like Nat Turner only comes along once in a century and the forces of evil will always be there to take down someone like Nat Turner. Prophet - The Story of Nat Turner is a work of historical fiction presented as a screenplay. I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful page turner and highly recommend it. I would give it more than five stars if I could.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book bring to light a shameful period in our history. The author weaves a horrifying story of slave, Nat Turner, who became a vocal voice in trying to abolish slavery. This story is full of suspense, action and one can't help but wonder how anyone could have stood by and allowed these things to happen. I don't think there will be a dry eye from anyone who reads this book; it is an emotional roller coaster. I admire the author for being able to write this;  it must have been very hard to do. A must read!!!.....Charlotte Buelow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being my first fictional book read on this era, Prophet is quite a challenging task as the period the author goes through is quite a difficult and emotional. The fact that he was able to put down the story in the way he did is quite amazing , I've enjoyed reading it tremendously. It gives you quite an insight into that period of time.. We've always heard about slavery but this book just reaches down in the depth of the matter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
my take on this book at first it was almost like a screen play. It diverted into the different character's voices so you as the reader was able to get into everyone head. The story of Nat Turner was well written and you are able to visualize the different scene as if you were the character itself. In essence I give the author 5 stars and do look forward to more of her work. GREAT JOB!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a combination of the two main things I look for in a new novel… well-written and engaging! Prophet pulled me in from the first page and I could not put it down from there. It is an extraordinary book that will make a deep impact on your understanding of and appreciation for Nat Turner. Historically detailed and ever insightful… this book dispels the magic and mysticism that is often associated with Nat Turner, and it adds layers of depth that no other author has touched. Brilliant, moving, and epic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Prophet: The Story of Nat Turner by Kenya Cagle is not a book for the faint of heart. If you don’t care to know what life was like during the early slave days of our nation, then this book may not be for you. What was life like for those whose only crime was to be born with dark skin? How can any human being treat others as if they were a piece of property, to do with as they choose? How can people who profess faith in God be some of the worst offenders? Is treating others in demeaning and inhumane ways ever justifiable? How can these things happen in a “civilized” world? While many of the issues raised in this book will never be satisfactorily answered, you will be challenged to consider your own perceptions of the worth of others and how you treat them. Written in the form of a screenplay, Prophet: The Story of Nat Turner, will capture your attention and cause you to think. There is some rough language that for me is distracting. Also, in an effort to portray history as it happened, there are some violence that may not go down well with some readers.
LAPG More than 1 year ago
Well written and deeply moving. I’ve always been troubled by the paradox of The Land of the Free being founded by men who also allowed slavery to continue. After reading this screenplay, I am more troubled than ever. Sadly, the story of Nat Turner is glossed over in our history classes, where he is often relegated to a footnote, and although I knew who he was, I didn’t have any real sense of him as a person. After reading this screenplay, he has become a flesh and blood person to me, which is the way it should be. The truth is, we need to learn about ALL of our American heroes, including Nat Turner. This screenplay provides the context and sense of ‘being there’ that helps the reader to imagine some of the darker parts of our history, and the men and women who lived through them. Nat Turner is no longer just a name in a history book for me. I now have a completely new sense of him and the struggles he went through, as well as an understanding that he was a messianic figure in our country’s history. I look forward now to seeing the movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book tells the tale of a peaceful man, Nat Turner. Born into slavery and was looked upon as a prophet. This non-fictional story starts before he was born to show his history. Nat Turner was a true man of GOD that was tired of slavery. He was a man that made history by attempting to free slaves. He was the Malcolm X of his time and his “by any means necessary approach at the end earned him the right to be a part of history. Kenya Cagle did an outstanding job of painting a clear and descriptive picture of Nat’s life, struggles and pain. An easy read that was very well written. Kudos Mr. Cagle, you are an author to look out for.
Allison0 More than 1 year ago
This is the screenplay for an important piece of history. It is not for the week hearted, it has many graphic scenes we would like to forget ever happened; but we need a reminder - every once in a while - that humanity's inhumanity to each other is too easy to justify in our own minds. Fortunately Jesus died so we wouldn't have to spend eternity enslaved by cruel natures. Meanwhile we have accounts like this to remind us of what we ought to guard against in our own natures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The institution of slavery disfigured the country of the United States for the greater part of the 19th century. The obscene belief, that not only were a whole section of society destined to be the property of the slave owning class, but were also to be considered as less than human beings because of their colour and condition of servitude, was a real affront to the notion that all people were created equal. Not every slave was prepared to accept this degrading condition and there were many slave revolts, usually put down with an excess of brutality. One of the most famous of these risings up against oppression was the Nat Turner rebellion of August 1831. In 48 hours over 60 white men women and children were dispatched by the rebellious slaves. More than 400 black men women and children were also brutally slaughtered by white judicial authorities, as well as by the activities of rampaging white mobs, in the aftermath. This screenplay tells the story of those tragic days and of the leader of the rebellion Nat Turner. We are not spared any of the horrors, from the brutal flogging and routine raping and degradation of the unfortunate “property”, to the bloody excesses committed by that same “property”, when it tried for a brief moment to become “property” no more. I hope there are plans to convert this work, from an exercise on paper, to either a complete film or television mini-series. It's a story that really needs to gain greater currency. Even just to read it, as I have done, is to be brought back to an era of casual brutality, that should never have been and I hope will never be again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Prophet- The story of Nat Turner, is a superbly constructed historical screenplay about the life of Virginia slave Nat Turner. I believe this is an important book that shows the ugliest of racism, and how wrong slavery, in 19th century America was. Also, how our world has come a long way to becoming a better place for all men, regardless of skin color. Hats off to Mr. Cagle for writing this book. Prophet- The Story of Nat Turner, not only entertains, it teaches.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW totally amazing. As I'm reading the book, the only thing that I can think of is, Damn what a great movie this would be! This story is so important because we have  to many images of use being docile, to many images of us depicted as lazy, to many images of us being bewildered, but this Nat Turner story gave me inspiration. A real life Django, a hero, the definition of a man! It takes courage to pursue things that you believe in knowing death is certain. It inspires me to remove all fear, remove all doubt, tap into the inner God that is inside of me. Thank you Kenya for taking the path  least traveled, thank you for doing the dirty work, bringing to life one of histories forgotten heroes. Movie....Movie...Movie .....I cant wait, thanks for blessing us Kenya
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Cagle’s interpretation of the middle passage has brought me back to the legendary Alex Haley epic Roots the story never changes.  Our ancestor’s plight was extremely difficult and unbearable.  Some of us committed suicide, to never live another day of torture.   If it wasn’t for the few hero’s and shero’s like Nat Turner who was bless with Gods guidance to begin awakening us from bondage, the revolution begins….   Thank God for people like Kenya to re-educate us about the struggle.   Our American History class was not as detailed with the truths like Cagle’s writing.  Matter of fact our classroom were purposely vague.   Reading his work is mind jolting; sometimes the comfort ability of freedom leads us to become mentally lackadaisical.   The message has to be repeated over and over through time so we will never forget. This screenplay will scream to all nations of our ancestor austerities bringing forth that freedom is not free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing. A story beyond well told. The world must read this one!!!