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In the Matter of Nat Turner: A Speculative History

Christopher Tomlins


In 1831 Virginia, Nat Turner led a band of Southampton County slaves in a rebellion that killed fifty-five whites, mostly women and children. After more than two months in hiding, Turner was captured, and quickly convicted and executed. This book penetrates the historical caricature of Turner as befuddled mystic and self-styled Baptist preacher to recover the haunting persona of this legendary American slave rebel, telling of his self-discovery and the dawning of his Christian faith, of an impossible task given to him by God, and of redemptive violence and profane retribution. Much about Turne ... More

Keywords: Nat Turner, slave rebellion, American South, Southampton County slaves, rebel leader, Turner Rebellion, civil rights, black power, urban riots

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691198668
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691198668.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Tomlins, author
University of California, Berkeley