RCC Honors History Project

Response to “Nat Turner’s Confession” Post

Posted by elsiegonzalez on November 15, 2009

It’s really interesting that you bring that question up.  Why did Nat Turner give Thomas Gray exactly what he wanted? Perhaps Nat Turner felt there was nothing else he could do? He was convicted and sentenced to death, perhaps Turner took this as an opportunity to leave something behind?

I was wondering, how exactly is the rebellion undermined in his confessions?

Side note, I find it extremely odd that most documents that mention any bit of Nat Turner, portray him as Joe put it, a “maddened religious fanatic”.  The newspaper article I read on Nat Turner’s rebellion in the Richmond Enquirer suggests this, and calls him a “fanatic preacher”, and the author in 1831 mentions Turner’s infamous reputation as a religious kook as well.

-Elsie

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