The Fires Of Jubilee Analysis

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Do you have a hero? In The Fires of Jubilee, Stephen B. Oates narrates the story of a famous enslaved African American named Nate Turner, who could be considered a hero. Stephen B Oates, born in 1936, is a former professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is considered an expert in 19th-century United States history. Oates received the 1993 Nevins-Freeman Award of the Chicago Civil War Round Table for his historical work on the American Civil War. The Fires of Jubilee is just one of the sixteen books he has written. The novel The Fires of Jubilee takes place in Southampton County, Virginia in the early 1800s. Oates writers, “Some seventy miles below Richmond, in the southeastern part of Virginia along the North Carolina …show more content…
This is the scene of the famous Nat Turner’s Rebellion. In short, Nat Turner’s Rebellion was a slave rebellion lead by Turner himself. The rebel slaves killed from 55 to 65 people, the largest and deadliest slave uprising in U.S. history. The book, as a whole, is a very loose historical account of the events of this rebellion. When reading, I noticed that Oates makes statements that he has little proof of. He is also very vague in his stance on the event. It is hard to tell if he thinks Nat Turner is a hero or is just telling a story as a sympathetic historian. The tale of the events, the character development, and the storyline is very important to Oates. That being said, the book is a good read that is based on an historical event. The problem with that is that the book’s speculation can give people a tainted historical perspective about one of the most vicious maniacs in American …show more content…
I definitely have more positives on the book than negatives. This book is very non-controversial, which I liked. The author did not force his opinion onto the reader, which gave them an opportunity to make one’s own opinion solely on the historical facts and storytelling. Oates writes this book straight down the middle, delivering a short, 154 pages of text, narrative that delivers the facts, without ever judging Turner’s actions. I also appreciated how Oates does not glorify the awful violence of the rebellion. However, he uses great description to show what exactly what was happening during this time period. I did learn a lot from this book. I think Nat Turner's rebellion is a bigger deal than people realize nowadays. It was an unexpected event that cost the lives of so many people in the South and really changed the way Southerners viewed their slaves. On the contrary, a reader might suggest that the book is an unsatisfactory account of the extraordinary slave rebellion led by Nat Turner in Virginia in 1831. This could be said because the author had to do a lot of guesswork to make the story more interesting to the reader. It mostly stems from Oates attempting to make the book more interesting for the reader. The only thing I really disliked about this book is that it is not an autobiography, which makes it slightly less credible, in my

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