The Fires of Jubilee: Nat Turner's Fierce Rebellion
The Fires of Jubilee Nat Turner's Fierce Rebellion Author:Stephen B. Oates The bloody slave rebellion led by Nat Turner in Virginia in 1831, and the savage reprisals that followed, shattered beyond repair the myth of the contented slave and the benign master and intensified the forces of change that would plunge America into the bloodbath of the Civil War.
Oates hs written bios of at least four critical figures in American history. That he was able to do so for Turner - a figure with so much legend , fiction , and printed hysteria - is a tribute to his history. Oates proceeds by comparing what contemporary records there are notably trial trasncripts and admits that one cannot reach a conclusion about Turner's character given the surprising fact that he killed only one of those who died and hid out for two months thereafter. It's a fascinating story and a good read by an extraordinary historian; neither worshipful nor condmenatory, Oates succedds in failing to "gind an axe"!