Historical Portrayals of Nat Turner

Here’s Professor Kenneth S. Greenberg of Suffolk University giving a fine presentation on how Nat Turner has been portrayed in historical works. The video’s description reads, “Kenneth S. Greenberg talked about historical portrayals of Nat Turner, the African American leader of an 1831 slave rebellion in Virginia. He spoke about the competing accounts of Turner’s rebellion, misconceptions about slavery, and methods used by slaves to resist their masters. Mr. Greenberg also talked about the consequences of the Nat Turner’s rebellion for other slaves in the South.”

One thing we have to realize about Nat Turner is we know almost nothing about him that doesn’t come from the slave society that held him in bondage.




  1. bob carey · · Reply

    Great talk by Prof. Greenberg, and I agree with your conclusion about not knowing much about Turner except what the slave holding society wanted us to know. I must applaud Greenberg in that he pulled no punches in describing that society and its’ social values.
    Looking at the audience I noticed a little more diversity than you normally see in these talks, but it was still overwhelmingly older and white but there is hope.

    1. Thanks for the comment, Bob. The diversity of the crowds are slowly getting better.

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