TitleReexamining a community
NameHolden, Vanessa Michele (author), White, Deborah Gray (chair), Lebsock, Suzanne (co-chair), Townsend, Camilla (internal member), Penningroth, Dylan (outside member), Rutgers University, Graduate School - New Brunswick,
Southampton Insurrection, 1831,
Women slaves--Virginia--Southampton County,
African American women--Virginia--Southampton County,
DescriptionThe Southampton Rebellion (Nat Turner's Rebellion) erupted in Southampton County, Virginia, in the late summer of 1831. The death of nearly sixty whites at the hands of slave rebels shook Old Dominion to its foundation and left a nation in shock. The historiography concerned with the rebellion focuses largely on the character of the rebellion’s purported leader, Nat Turner, and the larger political impact that the rebellion’s outbreak had on both Virginia and the United Sates. But what would a focus on enslaved women do to our understanding of America's most famous slave rebellion? This dissertation explores the ways that African American women's lives and experiences provide a unique vantage point from which to interrogate the African American community's longstanding culture of resistance and the labor economy that shaped all of the lives of those who resided in the county. Attending to African American women's lives allows for a narrative of the rebellion not as the history of one great man and his vision but, rather, as a narrative of a site of resistance produced by an entire community of African Americans.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references
Noteby Vanessa Michele Holden
CollectionGraduate School - New Brunswick Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.