The Fires of Jubilee SummaryThe nineteenth century Southampton County, Virginia had predominantly more blacks than white.Nat Turner was a black preacher, a deeply religious man who saw visions and claimed directives from God. He was respected as a boy by all and sundry, a very intelligent andsmart man. He led an insurrection in Southampton County, Virginia in 1831 killing with his comrades killing white male, female and children.He was born a slave of Benjamin Turner in 1800, he learned to read and write quite early in life. He sees himself as the biblical Moses that was supposed to lead the enslaved to freedom. He was convinced by a solar eclipse in 1831 that the time was ripped for the revolt.As a child he watched as African-Americans were oppressed before and in his life time, He watched as a significant number are murdered, dismembered and brutalized- men, women and children; he watched the raping of women and was part of this vicious circlefor years. He watched as Samuel Turner, the son Benjamin Turner, his master reneged on his father’s promise put him to slavery.