One thing seems certain however; if Turner had lived to see the destruction of Richmond in the s at the conclusion of a Civil War which increasingly came to be defined by the slavery issue; he would have claimed it was the divine judgement on the South that he had warned about in On Saturday, August 13,there occurred some sort of atmospheric disturbance that dimmed the sun and produced a visible black spot on its surface.
Monday, February 20, Book Notes: A man of unusual abilities he managed to gain the ability to read and write although this was illegaland read all he could -especially of the Bible. That Hideous Man posts his rather dull thoughts here. But Oates is still quite effective—even gives a nod to modernistic meta-history with an epilogic first-person account of a visit to Southampton County, to the farms still standing—and this book will make your hair stand up.
Oates concludes his book with a postscript of stories from his field trips to Virginia to research the Turner story. Turner fled back into the woods, where he hid out for two months before his discovery, trial, and hanging.
Watch this space, or indeed, go somewhere else. Sadly, he found the place still bristling with racial tension nearly a century and a half after Nat Turner led his axe-wielding slaves out from their cabins to overthrow their oppressors.
Nat placed his twenty most dependable fighters in front and sent them galloping down on the homesteads before anybody could escape. He was an outsider, but all the more impressive for his abstention from group amusements like apple brandy and dancing; and the other slaves felt that because he had magically taught himself to read, and bore cranial bumps and birthmarks that in African tradition mark the warrior-prophet, he must represent a mystic potential worth respecting.
He went to the gallows unrepentant and self-commanding, confident in Christ-parallels, ready for that hereafter. Nat Turner among his fellow slaves was a lot like Crazy Horse among the Sioux—aloof, austere, given to bouts of broody introspection and solitary rambles during which he fasted himself into visions.
Reading the Bible for himself, Turner discovered that the White peoples proof-texts justifying slavery were weak; and that the book was full of compelling stories of the divine liberation of captives and exiles. Oates stirring narrative of the dramatic events which took place in Southampton, Virginia in A dramatic eclipse in convinced Turner that God was calling him to start his rebellion, and so his small band of followers began their revolt, executing whites across the county farm by farm.
As much of the state favoured an end to the turbulent and disturbing presence of slavery, there was a possibility that such a bill may have passed - which would have had enormous consequences for the South, and could have radically altered the course of American history, especially the Civil War.
Rather, and quoting Frederick Douglass to this effect he sees the violent actions of the rebels as simply part of the violence created by slavery; the brutal actions created by a brutal system.
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