Nat Turner's Revolt
Dr. Scot French - Associate Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African and African-American Studies lectured on the Nat Turner revolt. Dr. French analyzed The Confessions of Nat Turner in his lecture.
The document allows people who study it to learn about many facets of the era: the great men, religion, slavery, abolition, politics and economics. One seminarian pointed out the misquote in the confession; “seek ye first the kingdom of heaven, etc.” was quoted as “seek the kingdom of heaven.” This lead to discussion of the validity of other parts of the document.
The incidents described in the document aroused great discussion among the seminarians and demonstrated the effectiveness of using primary sources in the classroom.
The Confessions of Nat Turner
Nat Turner's Insurrection by Thomas Wentworth Higginson Atlantic Monthly, 1861
Thomas Wentworth Higginson was a prominent figure in abolitionist politics
in Massachusetts during the 1850s. Dismissed from his Unitarian pulpit
in Newburyport, Massachusetts, in 1849 because of his anti-slavery politics
and sermons, he spoke and agitated on behalf of the abolitionist cause during
the next decade. He was a leader amongst the abolitionists who attempted
to liberate captured fugitive slave Anthony Burns in Boston in 1854, later
became a confidante and supporter of John Brown, and eventually served as
colonel of the 1st South Carolina Volunteers, the first black regiment of
the Union Army.