The Politics of Contemporary Black Liberation

Melina Abdullah
Feb 27, 2019 - 5:00
The Politics of Contemporary Black Liberation

The 1831 insurrection led by Nat Turner in Southampton County, Virginia was one of the most successful and notorious in American history. Said to be anointed by God, Nat Turner organized more than 70 enslaved Africans to engage in a sacred war to free enslaved people. Collectively, they killed more than 60 white slavers and would-be slavers over two and a half days. It took thousands of white militia members to put down the rebellion and two months for them to find Nat Turner, who was quickly and publicly “tried” and hung. Nat Turner’s body was dismembered and sold as souvenirs.   The fear generated by Turner’s revolt resonated across the generations. It can be...

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