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Flannery Pina Glen Wood Fires Of Jubilee Essay 4/26/2017
Stephen B. Oats. : Fires of Jubilee Nat turner’s Fierce Rebellion The book Fires of Jubilee takes place in Virginia in 1831 and is about a religious, intelligent, passionate, slave named Nat Turner. He led his fellow slaves in a rebellious mass slaughter against the hypocritical Cristian slave owners of Southhampton Virginia who held his people in bondage. The story starts in Southhampton Virginia in the Old Denomination where white slave owners have convinced themselves into delusion that they are good to their “darkies” by taking them to church on Sunday, and letting them have a few days off for Holidays. But not all is sunshine and serenity in Virginia for not too long a bloody revenge will take place and it all starts with a boy named Nat Turner. Nat Turner was born as a slave, but till he turned 12 he could enjoy the freedoms a white child could enjoy, he could even play and wrestle with the other white children who lived on the plantation. Nat Turner belonged to Benjamin and Elizabeth Turner who were Methodists “who sought to instill Christian beliefs and righteousness into their slaves”(pg. 8) . Methodists were originally against human bondage, “the church did restrict slaveholding among its ministry and did prohibit members from buying and selling slaves (but not from owning them). Subsequently the Methodists softened even the injunction against trading slaves; most Southern members ignored it always.” (pg. 10) So people felt a small pang of remorse, but that wouldn't change anything, they saw it as a “necessary evil” that couldn't be helped. So instead of emancipating their slaves they instilled Christian beliefs, because the least they could do was save their souls from eternal damnation. When Nat Turner was a child he
could recall events that could happen before he was born and considered this trait to be a power. Contributing to his beliefs, from a very young age that he could read and write with ease, and was also told he was born with markings that Africans believed were marking of a great leader. Although all the slaves thought he was “intended for some great purpose,” (pg.12) he was met with a rude awakening. The first shock was when his father abandoned him and his family escaping to the North, and the second was when Nat was nine years old, Samuel Turner— the Masters oldest son bought some 360 acres from his father loaned him eight of his own slaves, this included Nat and his mother Nancy. Benjamin son died of typhoid leaving Nat permanently owned to Samuel. When Nat came of age all his hopes and dreams of being superior to any ordinary slave were thrown out the window leaving him to become a regular cotton picking slave. Samuel Turner was religious bachelor, and would take his slaves to church on Sunday. But understand this was not regular Sunday teachings, Samuel Turner along with other slave owners would bastardized scripture transforming the doctrine into their own propaganda, promoting

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