The Confessions of Nat Turner Author:William Styron Turner's Rebellion took place in the long hot summer of 1831, in the state of Virginia. When it was over, 59 white people were dead; the insurgents were rounded up and either hanged or worse; and Nat Turner, a preacher, confessed to his part in the only effective revolt in the annals of American Negro slavery. — In his introduction of this Pu... more »litzer Prize winner, Styron says "it has been my own intention to try to re-create a man and his era, and to produce a work that is less an historical novel in conventional terms than a meditation on history."« less
What an unsung classic! Despite its having won the Pulitzer in its day, this is not a title that folks recognize instantly. My book group chose it for a topical read during Black History month--February--and I thought it was amazing. That it was written by a white man, 150 years after the fact, was even more so. It is a balanced, indicting look at the conditions of slavery preceding the War Between the States and subtly but unmistakably points the finger right where it belongs.
In 1831 in Virginia there occured the only large scale negro slave revolt in American history led by an educated slave named Nat Turner. Most of the history of that account was supressed by the slave owners lest their slaves get ideas. This is a fictionalized account of that uprising and the amazing man who led it. The author has stuck to the facts so far as they are now known but took liberties with the individual conversations and doings of those involved.