|Plot Summary of Nat Turner: Prophet and Slave Revolt Leader|
|"Terry Bisson describes the 1831 slave revolt led by Nat Turner in Southampton County, Virginia. The book focuses on Turner's life, with an emphasis on the events that led to the slave uprising. Turner's religious views, along with the abuse and mistreatment he received at the hands of his owners are well documented. Plenty of background information is given on Turner's reasons for planning the rebellion. Bisson devotes significant time to describing the uprising against local farmers and slaveowners. Turner's plan is analyzed and each plantation attack is described in detail. Possible causes for the collapse of the rebellion are discussed, as well as the search for Turner in the months following the uprising. The trials and phsyical attacks on the slaves who were suspected of participation in the rebellion are described in detail, with Turner's trial and execution receiving the most attention. Connections are also made between the Turner revolt and larger issues surrounding slavery in the Antebellum United States.
Mark Simpson, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Nat Turner: Prophet and Slave Revolt Leader|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Political/social rights fight
Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)
ethnic of society (outside)
- American (south)
Period of greatest activity?
- small town
Subject of Biography
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
Biography of famous person?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Very much smarter than other people
- bulging muscles
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 5 ()
- Deep South
Small town people:
- sinister, like an X-Files Gomer Pyle
- 19th century
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Book makes you feel?
Commentary on society?
- justice system
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 11-14
- A ton 16-20 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 51%-75% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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