The Fires Of Jubilee: Nat Turner's Fierce Rebellion by Stephen B. Oates

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Nat Turner is the most famous and most controversial slave rebel on American history. He was living in the innocent season of his life, in those carefree years before the working age of twelve when a slave boy could romp and run about the plantation with uninhibited glee. Nat in his young years cavorted about the home place as slave children did generally in Virginia. He was first lived in Turner's house, who owned a modest plantationin a remote neighborhood "down county" from Jerusalem. His daytime supervisor was his grandmother, Old Bridget- who regaled the boy with slave tales and stories from the Bible. Nat had become very attached to his grandmother. The Turners had become Methodists, who held prayer services on their farm and took …show more content…
As Nat reached the age of twelve , the must go to work, which was more then nat's final break with his childhood. Going to work was It also ended his democratic frolicking with white children, he recognize that " I am a slave, a piece of property, to be worked and ordered around like a mule. He and others have to plant cottons at the fields, pick worms off the cotton plants , sow corn , tobacco and hoe those, pull and stack the hay and so on. For Nat it was an especially painful time, for he had been led to believe he might be freed one day. Young Nat, however, rarely participated in their leisure- time amusements- and never in the drinking. He preferred to spend his spare time either in prayer or in improving his knowledge. He experimented in making gunpowder and exploited every opportunity to read books. Nat was quick to discern the power of the black preacher. He was an acknowledged leader, a sacred leader. The slave church nourished young Nat's self- esteem and his longing for independence .Nat's mind and body traveled separate paths to man's estate, here he was, 21 yrs
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