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Runninghead:THEFIRESOFJUBILEE 1 The Fires of JubileeNameInstitution
THE FIRES OF JUBILEE 2“The Fires of Jubilee” by Stephen OatesThe book” The Fires of Jubilee”is Stephen Oates’ explanation of the rebellion of salvesin the Southampton County, Virginia, 1831 (Oates, 1975). The book narrates a historical exploitof Nat Turner who was a very talented black slave, who was able to marshal slave servants into amassive and bloody revolution against their brutal masters. Indeed, Oates vividly analyzes andcriticizes various events, which led to the rebellion before the eyes of Nat Turner. The authorsystematically chronicles the life as well as the struggles of the black slave, Nat Turner, andother slaves, while recording their desire to be free. Critics like Glen Ely says that the book isnot just describing events surrounding the slave revolt but also vividly highlights its impact onthe Northerners and Southerners and how it led to the rise of slave activists. The authors report how the rebellion in Virginia raised tensions among, natives as well asthe slaves thereby leading to the civil war that occurred about three decades later. Furthermore,Oates’ book seeks to justify Turner’s actions and those of his followers, which led to what wasseemingly the most horrible slave revolt in the history of the American society (Oates, 1975). Inthe view of Oates, the revolution and uprising caused by Turner marked the beginning of theliberation of America. Overall, the book outlines the oppression Tuner, and other salvesunderwent, and their quest for freedom. Slaves suffered at the hands of their masters. The book reveals a reasonably its title. The author describes various events occurringabout three decades before the civil war. The author asserts that the revolt remains to be one ofthe factors, which raised animosity that arose between races thereby causing the conflict.Throughout the life and struggles of Nat, conditions for the civil war as well as the liberation of
THE FIRES OF JUBILEE 3the black people had been coming up (Oates, 1975). The implication is that a fifty-year ‘fire’ hadbeen steadily igniting within the slave’s minds and that of their masters. Nathanial Turner’sphilosophies, as well as motivations, shaped the axis of the voyage to freedom of the blacks.

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