on March 29, 2011
Parents may want to pre-read this before they give it to their kids. Not only does this book deal with the question of moral wrongs, but it also uses illustrations of violence against slaves. Every family sets their own guidelines for what their young children should see.
One of the best things this book does is open up the conversation about revolution - is it morally right to hack and bludgeon your oppressors (and their children) to death as they sleep? Is it moral to repay evil with evil? The book does a good job setting up both sides of the question.
The Nat Turner of this book is a bright man, a preacher and a leader, a man who sees visions. He is not portrayed as a crazed lunatic, but as thoughtful man who struck a blow against slavery.