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Nat Turner's Rebellion
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  • Bill says he wouldn’t be surprised if there was another Nat Turner Uprisin’, we’re sittin’ on a keg of dynamite and we just might as well be ready," Hester said.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • I dreamed of my ghostly benefactor, the slave boy Artiste, and the dream became somehow fused with the dream of another slave I had known about years before—Nat Turner.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Some Douglass, some Brown-after John Brown, not Jane Brown; some Turners, after Nat Turner; Sumners; some Sherman.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • Not far from this time Nat Turner’s insurrection broke out; and the news threw our town into great commotion.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

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  • Then I wished that Gabriel Prosser and Nat Turner had killed all whitefolks in their beds and that Abraham Lincoln had been assassinated before the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, and that Harriet Tubman had been killed by that blow on her head and Christopher Columbus had drowned in the Santa Maria.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • The slaves in the South, aroused undoubtedly by vague rumors of the Haytian revolt, made three fierce attempts at insurrection,—in 1800 under Gabriel in Virginia, in 1822 under Vesey in Carolina, and in 1831 again in Virginia under the terrible Nat Turner.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • It was the story of Nat Turner.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • And farther down in Southampton, Virginia, a man named Nat Turner was biding his time.
    Octavia Butler  --  Kindred
  • He had not even heard the name of Nat Turner.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • The wrath of the slaveholders was somewhat appeased by the capture of Nat Turner.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

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  • Though one hundred Negroes were killed in the process of putting down this revolt, Nat Turner could not be found.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • After the Nat Turner insurrection, fear hung over the plantations from Virginia on down through Maryland, down to Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • They set out together, Nat Turner and his six followers, and at every plantation where they stopped, other slaves joined them, until there were seventy of them altogether.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • Nat Turner had been a silent, brooding slave.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • Harriet thought that the ghost of Nat Turner had joined the ghost of Denmark Vesey, the carpenter and free man.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • He might be another Denmark Vesey or Nat Turner— She watched him and felt a prickle of fear run through her.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • Denmark Vesey and Nat Turner haunted the Big House, too.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • After the alarm caused by Nat Turner’s insurrection had subsided, the slaveholders came to the conclusion that it would be well to give the slaves enough of religious instruction to keep them from murdering their masters.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • The Virginia Assembly met in December, z83 The subject of slavery was introduced because some of the counties, alarmed by the Nat Turner insurrection, had petitioned for the gradual emancipation of the slaves or for abolition of slavery.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • Perhaps it was Nat Turner who spawned the flood of memories, the almost feverish nostalgia for the South that overwhelmed me as I lay there in the blossoming morning light.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • As I passed the wreck of the old meeting house, where, before Nat Turner’s time, the slaves had been allowed to meet for worship, I seemed to hear my father’s voice come from it, bidding me not to tarry till I reached freedom or the grave.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • As he talked she thought of Nat Turner.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • And so when we get down to Southampton we can ride all over Nat Turner country, talk to people, look at all the old houses.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Nat Turner!
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Nat Turner?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The date of that encounter in Hoss’s joyless attic was—like her April Fools’ Day debut—instantly memorable, and remains so still, for it was the birthday of three of my heroes: of my father, of the autumn-haunted Thomas Wolfe, and of wild Nat Turner, that fanatical black demon whose ghost had seared my imagination throughout my boyhood and youth.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • …that set loose this flood, but it was also a letting go of rage and sorrow for the many others who during these past months had battered at my mind and now demanded my mourning: Sophie and Nathan, yes, but also Jan and Eva—Eva with her one-eyed mis—and Eddie Farrell, and Bobby Weed, and my young black savior Artiste, and Maria Hunt, and Nat Turner, and Wanda Muck-Horch von Kretschmann, who were but a few of the beaten and butchered and betrayed and martyred children of the earth.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The death of Denmark Vesey and Nat Turner proved long since to the Negro the present hopelessness of physical defence.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Who in hell is Nat Turner?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • At age thirty or thereabouts another masterpiece, These Blazing Leaves, the chronicle of that tragic Negro firebrand Nat Turner.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Then suddenly, through a pleasant, lazy, slightly intoxicated mental ramble which led from Artiste to my father to the vision of a white-robed Negro baptism in the muddy river James to my father again, snoring in the Hotel McAlpin—suddenly I thought of Nat Turner, and was riven by a pain of nostalgia so intense that it was like being impaled upon a spear.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "Nat Turner," I said, "was a Negro slave who in the year 1831 killed about sixty white people—none of them, I might add, Jewish boys.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
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