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THE FIRES OF JUBILEE 2 “The Fires of Jubilee” by Stephen Oates The book” The Fires of Jubilee” is Stephen Oates’ explanation of the rebellion of salves in the Southampton Country, Virginia, 1831 (Oates, 1975). The book narrates a historical exploits of Nat Turner who was a very talented black slave, who was able to marshal slave servants into a massive and bloody insurrection against their brutal masters. Indeed, Oates vividly analyzes and criticizes various events, which led to the rebellion before the eyes of Nat Turner. The author systematically chronicles the life as well as the struggles of the black slave, Nat Turner, and other slaves, while recording their desire to be free. Critics like Glen Ely says that the book is not just describing events surrounding the slave revolt but also vividly highlights its impact on the Northerners and southerners and how it led to the rise of slave activists. The authors reports how the rebellion in Virginia raised tensions among , natives as well as the 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 was seemingly the most horrible slave revolt in the history of the American society (Oates, 1975). In the view of Oates, the revolution and revolt caused by Turner marked the beginning of the liberation of the America. Overall, the book outlines the oppression Tuner and other salves underwent, and their quest for liberation. Slaves suffered in the hands of their masters. The book reveals in a reasonable manner its title. The author describes various events occurring about three decades before the civil war. The author asserts that the revolt remains to be one of the factors, which raised animosity that occurred between races thereby causing the
THE FIRES OF JUBILEE 3 war. Throughout the life and struggles of Nat, conditions for the civil war as well as the liberation of the black people had been coming up (Oates, 1975). The implication is that a fifty- year ‘fire’ had been steadily igniting within the slave’s minds and that of their masters. As a

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