Nat Turner and John Brown: Who They Were and Why They Matter
Nat Turner, leader of a slave revolt in Virginia in 1831, and John Brown, leader of the Harpers Ferry raid of 1859, are two of the most controversial figures in American history. But they are also frequently misrepresented in popular culture—too readily denounced or romanticized. In this talk, University of Maryland historian, Dr. Richard Bell, will peel back the layers of mythology to reconstruct the lives and deeds of these two anti-slavery rebels: one Black, one white. Professor Bell will explain what Turner and Brown were trying to accomplish, what actually happened, and why it all matters, and situate both men’s radical activism in the long history of the freedom struggle in America.