The Confessions of Nat Turner

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Unformatted text preview: The Confessions of Nat Turner (1831) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a selection from Nat Turner's confessions, collected by his white lawyer after he had been apprehended for leading a revolt that culminated in the murder of fifty-five whites and the death of at least that many African Americans from white retaliation. The revolt, intended, in Turner1s words, to "carry terror and devastation," was spurred by his divine vision. This selection describes the origins of Turner1s sense of his own uniqueness and his divine revelation. SOURCE: Thomas R. Gray, The Confessions of Nat Turner, The Leader of the Late Insurrection in Southamton Virginia (Baltimore, 1831). -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- . . . To a mind like mine, restless, inquisitive and observant of every thing that was passing, it is easy to suppose that religion was the subject to which it would be directed, and although this subject principally occupied my thoughts - there was nothing that I saw or heard of to which my attention was not directed - The manner in which I learned to read and write, not only had great influence on my own mind, as I acquired it with the most perfect ease, so much so, that I have no recollection whatever of...
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