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LONE STAR COLLEGE-MONTGOMERRYTHE FIRES OF JUBILEEBOOK REVIEWATISH SANGHAVIHISTORY 1301PROF. WOODS6-19-2017.
The Fires of Jubilee; Nat Turner's Fierce Rebellion is Stephen B. Oates' record of the slave insubordination in Virginia's Southampton County in 1831. Oates' book is an historical record of the exploits of Nat Turner, a talented black slave who organized slaves into a bloody rebel against their lords. Oates clearly examines the occasions that prompted the revolt according to Nat Turner. He records the life and battles of Nat Turner, different slaves, and their intrinsic longing to be free. As Glen Ely says, “it is not just a recounting of the revolt” but “an analysis of the far-reaching impact on the North and the South” (Ely 2011). Hisbook attempts to show how the serfs’ rebellion in Virginia increased tensions among natives and slaves contributing to the civil war three decades later. Oates’ book is an attempt to justify the actions of Turner and his followers that led to whatwas presumably the bloodiest slave revolt in American History (Oates p. ix). According to Oates, Turner's rebellion was the start of the liberation of the United States. The book highlights the mistreatment serfs experienced and their battle for freedom.Oates' book captures in a justifiable way of the desire of the title he picked. The book depicts occasions happening around fifty years before the civil war. He expresses that the revolt is among the elements that fuels bitterness between races
prompting the war (Oates p. ix). Throughout Nat's life, preconditions for the civil war and the liberation of the blacks had been building up (Lacey passage 14). A fifty-year "fire" had been gradually igniting in the psyches of the slaves and their lords. Nathanial Turner's thoughts and inspirations framed the hub of the voyage toliberation. The fierceness of the way in which he executed his ambitious plan was

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