The Confessions of Nat Turner, the Leader of the Late Insurrection in Southampton, Virginia

The Confessions of Nat Turner, the Leader of the Late Insurrection in Southampton, Virginia

Nat Turner
Edited by Thomas R. Gray
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5149/9780807869468_turner
  • Cite this Item
  • Book Info
    The Confessions of Nat Turner, the Leader of the Late Insurrection in Southampton, Virginia
    Book Description:

    Perhaps no other moment in history crystallized the fears of slave owners in the South like the August 21-22, 1831, slave insurrection led by Nat Turner in Southampton, Virginia.The Confessions of Nat Turnerdetails Turner's life and the events surrounding that armed revolt, which left more than fifty men, women, and children dead and that culminated in Turner's execution. Interviewed by Thomas R. Gray while in prison for his crimes, Turner begins his story with his earliest childhood memories, and the subsequent narrative leads the reader through his decision, formed over years in slavery, to strike for freedom. He discusses his religious conversion and his belief that he was called by God to murder slave owners. He spares no detail as he describes each murder he oversaw or committed. Unique in its historical moment and powerful voice,The Confessions of Nat Turnerprovides an uncensored look into one of the key events in the slave-holding South.A DOCSOUTH BOOK. This collaboration between UNC Press and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library brings selected classic works from the digital library of Documenting the American South back into print. DocSouth Books uses the latest digital technologies to make these works available as downloadable e-books or print-on-demand publications. DocSouth Books are unaltered from the original publication, providing affordable and easily accessible editions to a new generation of scholars, students, and general readers.

    eISBN: 978-1-4696-0281-3
    Subjects: Sociology, History

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. 1-2)
  2. About This Edition
    (pp. 3-3)
  3. Summary
    (pp. 4-9)
    Meredith Malburne-Wade

    Perhaps no other moment in history crystallized the fears of slave owners in the South like the 1831 slave insurrection led by Nat Turner in Southampton, Virginia. During a span of approximately thirty-six hours, on August 21-22, a band of slaves murdered over 50 unsuspecting whites (Goldman). The exact number of whites killed remains unsubstantiated—various sources claim anywhere from 50 to 65. Almost all of those involved (or suspected of involvement) in the insurrection were put to death, including Nat Turner, who was the last known conspirator to be captured. Following his discovery, capture, and arrest over two months...

  4. [Illustration]
    (pp. 10-10)
  5. The Confessions of Nat Turner, the Leader of the Late Insurrection in Southampton, Va.
    (pp. 11-35)

    The late insurrection in Southampton has greatly excited the public mind, and led to a thousand idle, exaggerated and mischievous reports. It is the first instance in our history of an open rebellion of the slaves, and attended with such atrocious circumstances of cruelty and destruction, as could not fail to leave a deep impression, not only upon the minds of the community where this fearful tragedy was wrought, but throughout every portion of our country, in which this population is to be found. Public curiosity has been on the stretch to understand the origin and progress of this dreadful...