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Breen offers an insightful re-examination of the Nat Turner rebellion. He is unflinching but not sensationalist in his presentation of the violence of the rebellion and the white retaliation. His focus is on the complex motives of the participants. He places the rebels within the antebellum African American anti-slavery movement which drew on both spirituality and American political philosophy (the revolt was originally scheduled for July 4.). Local blacks, however, had to consider the rebellion as members of families and communities, well aware of the history of failed slave rebellions and white retaliation. Whites were divided between those committed to protecting their investment in human property and non-slaveholders who often saw blacks as a threat to be eliminated. Breen offers a well-written and insightful portrayal of slave resistance and the complicated racial and class dynamics of the antebellum South.
Free is one of my favorite narrators. His general narration is great and he fluidly shifts accent and tone to bring to life the many quoted sources. I think a wide audience of listeners will enjoy this reading.
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The narrator was clear, the author took great pains to present information without personal bias. I like how he used several documents to present parts of the story that could be interpreted differently by historians.