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The Fires of Jubilee; Nat Turner’s Fierce Rebellionis Stephen B. Oates’account of the slave rebellion in Virginia’s Southampton County in 1831.Oates’ book is a historical narrative of the exploits of Nat Turner, a giftedblack slave who marshaled servants into a bloody revolt against theirmasters. Oates vividly analyzes the events that led to the revolt in the eyesof Nat Turner. He records the life and struggles of Nat Turner, other slaves,and their inherent desire to be free. As Glen Ely says, “it is not just arecounting of the revolt” but “an analysis of the far-reaching impact on theNorth and the South” (Ely 2011). His book attempts to show how the serfs’rebellion in Virginia increased tensions among natives and slavescontributing to the civil war three decades later. Oates’ book is an attempt tojustify the actions of Turner and his followers that led to what waspresumably the bloodiest slave revolt in American History (Oates p. ix).According to Oates, Turner’s rebellion was the beginning of the emancipationof the United States. The book highlights the oppression serfs went throughand their struggle for freedom.Oates’ book captures in a justifiable manner of the aspirations of the title hechose. The book describes events occurring about fifty years prior to the civilwar. He states that the revolt is among the factors that fuel animositybetween races leading to the war (Oates p. ix). Throughout Nat’s life,preconditions for the civil war and the emancipation of the blacks had beenbuilding up (Lacey paragraph 14). A fifty-year ‘fire’ had been slowly ignitingin the minds of the slaves and their masters. Nathanial Turner’s ideas andmotivations formed the axis of the journey to emancipation. The ferocity ofthe manner in which he executed his ambitious plan was definitely a preludeto the civil war thirty years later. The fierce slaughter that ensued and the