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Nathaniel Turner Forum  Nat Turner in History   Nathaniel of Southampton or Balaam’s Ass

 

Nathaniel Turner

Christian Martyrdom in Southampton 

A Theology of Black Liberation

By Rudolph Lewis

Send contributions to: ChickenBones: A Journal /  13219 Kientz Road / Jarratt, VA 23867  -- I became aware of Rudy Lewis’ labor of love a few short months ago during a visit to Kalamu ya Salaam’s e-drum listserv. As soon as I saw the title of the journal I knew it was about Black folks, and the power of the written word.  A quick click took me into a journal that’s long on creativity, highlighting well-known, little known, and a little known writers, and commitment to the empowerment of Black folks. I contacted Rudy to ask if he’d consider publishing some of my work. His response was immediate, and a couple of days after I’d forwarded some poems to him—they were part of ChickenBones. What I didn’t know was that this journal has been surviving for the last five years with very little outside financial support. . .  If we want journals like this to “thrive” we need to support them with more than our website hits, praise, and submissions for publication consideration.

—Peace, Mary E. Weems (January 2007)

Nathaniel Turner TimeLine

1831 Confessions 

Killing Fiends & Monsters (for Will Francis)

Bible & Sword

Biblical Scholars & Theologians

 Toussaint & Turner   By DuBois

Hatcher Plans to Exhibit Turner Skull

Letters in Response to Hatcher's Plans for Hall of Fame

Nathaniel Turner Sermon

For Lucy Barrow, Revolutionary

Nathaniel of Southampton or Balaam’s Ass

  Nathaniel Turner, the Bible & Sword (conference paper)  / The Uncertain Identity of Nathaniel Turner (conference paper)  

 Nat Turner in History's Multiple Mirrors      Richard Hatcher's Plan Letter to Editor  Memory Slipping Away-- Donna Britt article 

Insurrection Of The Blacks   Sept. 3 1831  Sept. 10, 1831  Sept 17, 1831   /  Nathaniel Turner Forum /  The Trouble With Nat Turner   

 Rebellion in History and Memory / History and Memory Table   / Nat Turner Troublesome Property2  /  Nat Turner in History's Multiple Mirrors   

 Christian Martyrdom in Southampton Contents   /  Introduction to Denmark Vesey  / The Confession of John Enslow  / The Confession of Bacchus Hammet   

 

Midnight Rising

John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War

By Tony Horwitz

Plotted in secret, launched in the dark, John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry was a pivotal moment in U.S. history. But few Americans know the true story of the men and women who launched a desperate strike at the slaveholding South. Now, Midnight Rising portrays Brown's uprising in vivid color, revealing a country on the brink of explosive conflict. Brown, the descendant of New England Puritans, saw slavery as a sin against America's founding principles. Unlike most abolitionists, he was willing to take up arms, and in 1859 he prepared for battle at a hideout in Maryland, joined by his teenage daughter, three of his sons, and a guerrilla band that included former slaves and a dashing spy. On October 17, the raiders seized Harpers Ferry, stunning the nation and prompting a counterattack led by Robert E. Lee. After Brown's capture, his defiant eloquence galvanized the North and appalled the South, which considered Brown a terrorist. The raid also helped elect Abraham Lincoln, who later began to fulfil Brown's dream with the Emancipation Proclamation, a measure he called "a John Brown raid, on a gigantic scale."

Bettye LaVette Sings “Salt of the Earth”  /  Josephine Baker—Black is Beautiful  /  Josephine Baker's Banana Dance  / Josephine Baker (1927)

k'naan song call (My God) Live at BB King feat Mos Def / Austin City Limits  K'Naan / Mos Def / Austin City Limits  Allen Toussaint / Michael S. Harper

 

Sonnets in Memory of Nathaniel Turner 

Poet & Prophet of Southampton

By Rudolph Lewis

Nathaniel Turner TimeLine   1831 Confessions   Nathaniel of Southampton or Balaam’s Ass  / Grant Creates Nat Turner Tour

Bob Marley—War  /  Erykah Badu—Call Tyrone / Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice /  Twice Toward Justice by Author Phillip Hoose

The General Assembly of Virginia Prohibits the Teaching of Slaves, Free Negroes, or Mulattoes to Read or Write, 1831

William Styron’s

The Confessions of Nat Turner 

By Ed Krzemienski

Black Insurgents -- Martin Luther King at AFL-CIO  / LeRoi Jones: Black Man as Victim  /   LeRoi Jones: Pursued by the Furies   /  Introduction to Denmark Vesey

 The Confession of John Enslow  The Confession of Bacchus Hammet  / Commentators on Nathaniel Turner  /  1831 Confessions  /   NT TimeLine 

Revolutionary Struggle in South Carolina: Introduction to Denmark Vesey  The Confession of John Enslow  The Confession of Bacchus Hammet

 

Nat Turner in History's Multiple Mirrors

A Defeat Sweeter than Victory

If you deny us your [Methodist] name, / you cannot seal up the Scriptures from us, / and deny us a name in heaven. 

Richard Allen, 1760-1831 AME Church founder

By Rudolph Lewis

 Mosquitoes Fly Out My Head  Christian Martyrdom in Southampton 

Scot French: The Rebellious Slave Overview  A Conversation with Scot French   The Rebellious Slave Reviews

African American Family Histories at Monticello

"I was born at Monticello...." Peter Fossett, 1898, and Henry Martin, 1914. Over the decades, hundreds could have spoken those words. Below are profiles of a few of those born into slavery at Monticello. For more information about these people, their descendants, and members of other families with ancestral ties to Monticello

   Plantation Database   Monticello Getting Word   Monticello Classroom

 

The Rebellious Slave Overview  / A Conversation with Scot French  /  The Rebellious Slave Reviews  / The Rebellious Slave: Nat Turner in American Memory

  

 The Rebellious Slave      

By Scot French

A Conversation with Scot French  Reviews 

The Governor's Proclamation of a Reward for the Capture Of Nat Turner

 

 

Nat Turner A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory

Edited by Kenneth S. Greenberg

Book Cover Art: James McGhee   Nat Turner A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory

Biblical Scholars, Theologians & Other Commentators  on Nathaniel Turner 

The Ballad of the Free

By  Margaret Walker

Questions for Charles Burnett by Dennis LeRoy Moore

    Nat Turner's Tragic Search 

By Catherine Hermary-Vielle

Photo Exhibit Charles Burnett's Nat Turner: Troublesome Property 

Former Gary Mayor Richard Hatcher

Plans to Display Nat Turner's Skull

What To The Slave Is 4th of July? 1852 Speech by Frederick Douglass

 

 

Noah's Curse

The Biblical Justification for Slavery in America 

By Stephen Haynes

Noah's Curse

 
Related Files

Biblical Scholars, Theologians & Other Commentators  on Nathaniel Turner 

 

A Bio-Religious TimeLine for Nathaniel Turner's Holy War (August 22, 1831)

 

Books on Nathaniel Turner  (1800-1831)

    

    Nat Turner A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory by Kenneth Greenberg

     Nat Turner Before the Bar of Judgment by Mary Kemp Davis

     Nat Turner's Tragic Search  by Catherine Hermary-Vielle

     The Rebellious Slave Nat Turner in American Memory by Scot French

Catherine Hermary-Vielle

 

     Nat Turner's Tragic Search  for Freedom from Deprivation to Vengeance 

     Translated by Robin Orr Bodkin

 

Dennis LeRoy Moore 

     

     Questions for Charles Burnett

 

Former Gary Mayor Richard Hatcher Plans to Display Nat Turner's Skull

 

Frederick Douglass

 

     What To The Slave Is 4th of July? 1852 Speech

 

Gerald Peary  

 

     Nat Turner’s Second Coming: Set This House on Fire  Essay 

 

The Governor's Proclamation of a Reward for the Capture Of Nat Turner

 

Insurrection Of The Blacks Niles’ Register  Sept. 3 1831  Sept. 10, 1831  Sept 17, 1831

John Greenleaf Whittier

 

     The Christian Slave 

 

Junious Ricardo Stanton

 

     The Trouble With Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property

Kenneth S. Greenberg

     Nat Turner A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory

     Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property directed by Charles Burnett California Newsreel/Resolution, Inc 

     News from Oxford University Press --For Immediate Release

     Table of Contents for Nat Turner: Slave Rebellion . . .

 Margaret Walker

     The Ballad of the Free

Mary Kemp Davis

 

Nat Turner Before the Bar of Judgment: Fictional Treatments of the Southampton Insurrection  

 

Photo Exhibit Charles Burnett's Nat Turner: Troublesome Property  California Newsreel

 

Rudolph Lewis

 

     Nathaniel Turner, the Bible, & the Sword: A  Reconsideration of the 1831 “Confessions”  

     The Uncertain Identity of Nathaniel Turner: The Scholars Debate 

 

Scot French

     A Conversation with Scot French

     The Rebellious Slave

     Reviews 

Stephen Haynes

 

     Noah's Curse The Biblical Justification for Slavery in America 

 

W.E.B. Du Bois  WEB Du Bois Table

 

     Negro Church (1903)

    Toussaint L'Ouverture and Nat Turner  

 

William Styron on Nat Turner and Dred

 

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