The Fires of Jubilee
This book by Stephen B. Oates describes a sad and tragic story about a man named Nat Turner who was born into slavery and his fight to be free. Ironically, his willingness to do anything, even kill, to gain his freedom leads to his own demise. From the title of this book, “The Fires of Jubilee,” a reader can truly grasp the concept that there is trouble, chaos, and mayhem brewing
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tell that Oates performed rigorous study to present an accurate portrayal of Nat Turners’ story. His many insights and uses of secondary sources were quite evident and his use of examples and storytelling is quite impressive. Though it seems as if he leaves little to the imagination, I couldn’t help but think of what and could have happened if some of the events leading up to the capture of Nat Turner had been changed.