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The Confessions of Nat Turner and Related Documents



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Careful study of the Nat Turner slave rebellion of 1831 reveals much about master, slaves, and the relationship between them in the antebellum South. The central document in this volume Nat Turner's confession follwing the rebellion in Virginia is supported by newspaper articles, trial transcripts, and excerpts from the diary of Virginia governor John Floyd.

Author Biography

Kenneth S. Greenberg is chair of the history department at Suffolk University. His research focuses on slavery and the master class of the Old South. He is the author of Masters and Statesmen: The Political Culture of American Slavery (1985) and the forthcoming Honor and Slavery: Lies, Duels, Noses, Masks, Dressing as a Woman, Gifts, Strangers, Humanitarianisms, Death, Slave Rebellions, the Proslavery Argument, Baseball, Hunting and Gambling in the Old South. Greenberg has been a fellow at the Charles Warren Center and a fellow in law and history at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Foreword v(2)
Preface vii
INTRODUCTION The Confessions of Nat Turner: Text and Context 1(36)
PART ONE The Document: The Confessions of Nat Turner 37(22)
PART TWO Related Documents 59(73)
1. The Richmond Compiler, August 24, 1831
2. The Constitutional Whig, August 29, 1831
3. The Richmond Enquirer, August 30, 1831
4. The Liberator, September 3, 1831
5. The Constitutional Whig, September 3, 1831
6. The Richmond Enquirer, September 20, 1831
7. The Constitutional Whig, September 26, 1831
8. The Norfolk Herald, November 4, 1831
9. The Norfolk Herald, November 14, 1831
10. Excerpts from the Court Records of Southampton County, 1831
11. Nat Turner's Trial Record, Excerpt from the Court Records of Southampton County, 1831
12. Excerpts from the Diary of Virginia Governor John Floyd, 1831-1832
13. Letter from Virginia Governor John Floyd to South Carolina Governor James Hamilton, Jr., November 19, 1831
14. Thomas R. Dew, "Abolition of Negro Slavery," September and December, 1832
A Nat Turner Chronology 132(6)
Questions for Consideration 138(2)
Selected Bibliography 140(4)
Index 144

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