The Confessions of Nat Turner

The Confessions of Nat Turner The Confessions of Nat Turner The Leader of the Late Insurrection in Southampton Virginia is a first hand account of Turner s confessions published by a local lawyer Thomas Ruffin Gray in

  • Title: The Confessions of Nat Turner
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  • The Confessions of Nat Turner The Leader of the Late Insurrection in Southampton, Virginia, is a first hand account of Turner s confessions published by a local lawyer, Thomas Ruffin Gray, in 1831

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    1. In 1831 Nat Turner led the largest slave uprising in American history, murdering 60 white men, women and children with a mob of slaves in Virginia. Some dude went and interviewed him in prison, and this claims to be his first-person account of his life and revolt.The motives of the dude - a white slaveowner named Thomas Ruffin Gray - have been questioned quite a bit, as has the authenticity of the whole thing. There were a bunch of witnesses to the confession, but of course none who were sympath [...]

    2. I read this first when I was taking a black history class in college. I can't even recall what I thought of It back then. Well, yes I do. I remember wanting him to win. I also remember how sometimes the slaves fed their master's ground glass, and how on the slave ships many lived in their own excretions and many died. I remember how the masters would use thump screws on their slaves in order to cause them pain, and I remember the whippings.Nat Turner was a slave back in the 1830s and confesses t [...]

    3. While reading this short pamphlet what occurred to me frequently was the question of its authenticity. Not that I wondered whether Nat Turner led a slave uprising in Virgina that resulted in several whites being slaughtered and many slaves, both those involved and those not involved in the uprising itself, being killed in retaliation by gangs of frightened slaveholders. But, rather, whether these "confessions" of Nat Turner, supposedly written down accurately by a white lawyer while Turner was i [...]

    4. I know there is debate about the legitmancy of these "confessions". That Gray, a white man, had a reason for writing the way he did. However, this edit does make an attempt to place the confessions in context, including photographs of slavery not just in the South, but also the slave trade itself. It is worth reading for anyone interested in slavery, American history, the Civil War.

    5. This seems much more the product of Thomas R. Gray than Nat Turner. I noticed the odd phrase, "work of death" appear several times through the document. It appeared once in Gray's introduction, and a few more times attributed to Turner's confession, and again at the end by Gray. Gray, who was supposedly Turner's lawyer was never very sympathetic toward Turner. Another odd phrase attributed to Nat Turner was this, "we entered, and murdered Mrs. Reese in her bed, while sleeping; her son awoke, but [...]

    6. Short, succinct, account of the Nat Turner rebellion. What makes it special is that is an oral account by Nat Turner himself. He comes off as intelligent, articulate, charismatic, and a bit mystical. He is also oddly calm both about the previous rebellion and his upcoming execution. The interviewer of the time, a white southerner, gives off the impression and tries to convey a tone that he is interviewing a monster a la Charles Manson instead of the leader of a revolution.For those that don't kn [...]

    7. Actual rating: 2.5 stars.This is the original "Confessions of Nat Turner," not the 1967 William Styron novel but a 24-page summary of an interview with the actual Nat Turner, written by Thomas R. Gray, a lawyer seeking to cash in on the sensation surrounding one of the few slave uprisings to occur in the American South.Starting with six accomplices, Nat Turner led a short-lived revolt in the country near Southhampton, Virginia, in August, 1831. Starting in the dark of night, Turner and his group [...]

    8. Read this before seeing the movieThe movie BIRTH OF A NATION has just been released, so I decided to read this short pamphlet prior to seeing the movie. If you read this pamphlet several things will catch your attention not the least is Nat Turner's religious experiences along with his extreme violence. The reader should be attentive also to his remarks about his own experiences of being a slave. Beware of judging an event when reading participants' views of events and later authors, screenwrite [...]

    9. One of the most enduring and important primary sources in the field of southern history. Despite describing a series of graphic murders in the United States' only successful slave rebellion, Turner nonetheless appears sympathetic in this account rendered by a Virginia magistrate. The rebellion led to a series of reactionary measures against enslaved persons and especially against free blacks across the South. It also instilled a not-unreasoned paranoia in the South that affected socio-politcal d [...]

    10. "On Mr. Phipps' discovering the place of my concealment, he cocked his gun and aimed at me. I requested him not to shoot and I would give up, upon which he demanded my sword. I delivered it to him, and he brought me to prison. During the time I was pursued, I had many hair breadth escapes, which your time will not permit you to relate. I am here loaded with chains, and willing to suffer the fate that awaits me. I here proceeded to make some inquiries of him after assuring him of the certain deat [...]

    11. Interesting read, but I question if this confession is indeed authentic as translated by the white lawyer T.R. Grey. I know historically that the events did happen, but find it hard that Nat Turner would remember the details of the roads taken, on his killing spree, so clearly while under so much stress and horrendous anger. I believe this confession was interpreted with an expansion of words and details. Nat Turner believed he was given this mission by God. He believed that the signs in the sky [...]

    12. Written from the slaveholder perspective, although it asserts it's total truthfulness, I cannot help but find this suspect. It is certainly fascinating. Sad and violent from both sides and also at odds with the more admirable writings of MLK jr. Three stars for inability to know if this is really his true testimony. Although the man who conducted these interviews wasn't at all dreaming in his execution, while still recognizing Turner was a violent murderer.

    13. A historical document produced at the time of the trial of Nat Turner and including his narrative of the slave rebellion led by him in Virginia, 1831. It is especially interesting to observe how Nat Turner and the event are framed by Turner's white interlocutor, Thomas Gray, who visited him in jail prior to his execution and published it. A must read for anyone interested in the history of racism and its consequences in the United States.

    14. The transcript of the confession of the leader of the 1831 slave rebellion in which 55 whites were killed and later 56 slaves were convicted, tried and killed, leading to the oppressive black codes of the pre-Civil War South.

    15. Historically Important, but not literatureIt was interesting to read the account at the time it was written. I don't think that it was the most accurate representation of fact, but it did shed some light on other works from the time.

    16. From his own wordsA good read. It was interesting to get a peek into the world of Nat Turner. Reading things from his perspective. A slice of history that escapes the history books.

    17. This is suspect.The language used by Gray is clearly a byproduct of a white man who felt Turner did more wrong than did the system of slavery, which caused this rebellion. Two stars for the possibility of this being a somewhat accurate depiction of what Turner was thinking.

    18. VERY short, but detail description from Turner himself. His tone when describing the events of that night is so calm. Great story.

    19. Thoroughly disturbing. An indictment against the systems that humans create and the inherent evil that lies within those systems as well as men.

    20. Thrilling! It's a quick read but full of action. Thrilling! And informative. Didn't waist any of my time. I would definitely read again.

    21. Quick Easy Read Quick treadmill read now to find another book on him. #historynerd. I love the eloquent writing of the time period.

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