Whose Confessions of Nat Turner?

Too Much Black

An engraving depicting the Massacre in Virginia during Nat Turner’s Rebellion, circa 1831. (Getty Images)

The Truth About Nat Turner
On the 180th anniversary of the slave revolt, this author says his “Confessions” were a lie.
By Sharon Ewell Foster (2011)

“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 slave 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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