Whose Confessions of Nat Turner?

Too Much Black

The Truth About Nat Turner
By Sharon Ewell Foster (2011) (Edited)

On the 180th anniversary of the revolt, this author says his “Confessions” were a lie.

“The Confessions of Nat Turner, the Leader of the Late Insurrection in Southampton, Va.,” as told to Thomas Gray, is accepted as the primary historical source document on the uprising in the predawn of Aug. 22, 1831, that left more than 50 whites dead. The pamphlet was the basis of novelist William Styron’s fantasy novel of the same name.

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