This textbook offers the complete text of the actual confessions of Nat Turner, the Virginia slave preacher who in 1831 led the bloodiest slave revolt in US history. An introduction provides the historical context for the revolt and allows students to consider problems suggested by the document. Additional sources include Southern editorials, which give students a sense of contemporary white reaction to slave uprisings. The volume also includes questions to consider.
Kenneth S. Greenberg is Distinguished Professor of History at Suffolk University. He is the author of Masters and Statesmen: The Political Culture of American Slavery and Honor and Slavery: Lies, Duels, Noses, Masks, Dressing as a Woman, Gifts, Strangers, Humanitarianism, Death, Slave Rebellions, the Proslavery Argument, Baseball, Hunting and Gambling in the Old South. He is co-writer and co-producer of the film Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property, nationally broadcast on PBS. He has also been awarded fellowships by the Charles Warren Center at Harvard, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and Harvard Law School.