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Nishadi WickramarachchiHIST 1301- United States History to 1877The Fires of Jubileeby Stephen B. Oates is a true story of the rebellion led by NatTurner, a spiritual leader and a slave, fighting not only for his personal freedom, but forliberation of all slaves. Ironically his willingness to do anything, even kill to gain hisfreedom, led to his own demise. From this book, a reader can truly grasps the concepts aboutthe background of Nat Turner and American Slavery in 1820s and 1830s. Throughout thisbook, the author accurately portrays slave life and Nat Turner’s rebellion by representing theTurner’s spiritual relationship and the gap between the Slaves and Masters.The narrative includes much information about Southern attitudes about slavery.Since slavery was wide spread all around the country and the world in 1800s and wasacceptable, it is revolutionary to see someone going against it and opposing the ideology ofslavery.Oates lays out a brief historical link of the life of a slave in Southampton County,Virginia in the 1820s. Virginians often were kind enough to bring slaves to their churcheswith them in Sunday. Here the slaves were privileged enough to hear the preacher’s sermon.However, this benefits and freedom was allowed under certain terms. Black was never sit inthe front or center with their white masters. They were sitting in the back pews or in thebalcony. “The word 'slave' was not used. We spoke of 'free Negroes' and 'servants'. Those werethe happy days of inconsistency. Our Fourth-of-July orators talked grandly of the enormity of'taxation without representation' and the right of every man to 'life, liberty and the pursuit ofhappiness’; but the bondage of millions of dusky human beings was never thought of as athing even to be explained in those days.”1The Fires of Jubileeviews the difference between the slaves and the masters clearly.The meaning of this slave-master dichotomy, masters were born as masters with thesupervising over other people in order to care for them is another form of slavery. If someone

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