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ERIC Number: EJ765223
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
A Study Guide for Stephen B. Oates' "The Fires of Jubilee: Nat Turner's Fierce Rebellion"
Briley, Ron
History Teacher, v39 n3 p355-366 May 2006
This document is a study guide for Stephen B. Oates biography of Nat Turner, "The Fires of Jubilee." The book is a practical reading vehicle for introducing Nat Turner to secondary students in grades 11 and 12. Oates divides his work into four parts, which could provide the basis for four reading assignments, although the sections are not of equal length. One suggestion would be to take approximately three to four weeks with this book while studying the antebellum period. Weekly readings from the Oates biography would allow students to keep the topic of slavery firmly within their sights while studying other aspects of the early 19th century such as politics, foreign policy, territorial expansion, and economic growth. Part one, entitled "This Infernal Spirit of Slavery," develops the background of Nat Turner and American slavery in the 1820s and 1830s. Part two, "Go Sound the Jubilee," chronicles the religious ideas of Turner and his call to lead a revolt. The longest section of the book is part three, entitled "Judgment Day," and provides a detailed account of Turner's bloody insurrection and the equally violent response of slave owners. The last section of the book deals with the legacy of Turner's revolt, and an epilogue by Oates describes his travels in 1970s Southampton County, Virginia. Study guide questions for each section of the book are provided.
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Journal Articles
Education Level: Grade 11; Grade 12; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia