Introduction: Nat Turner: Man and Symbol.
Part I: Slavery - The South's "Peculiar Institution".
The Memories of Frederick Douglass. The Life of the Slave Nat Turner, as told by Stephen Oates.
Part II: The "Confession" of Nat Turner.
Part III: Immediate Reactions to the Nat Turner Insurrection.
The Southern Press. The Memories of Harriet Jacobs. William Lloyd Garrison's Indictment. Governor John Floyd before the Virginia Legislature. A New Law Concerning Slavery in Virginia.
Part IV: Further Reactions: Escape and Abolitionism.
The Flight of the Crafts. Frederick Douglass as the Bridge. Harriet Beecher Stowe's Eliza.
Part V: Nat Turner in History.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson: 1861. William S. Drewry: 1900. Rayford Logan: 1931.
Part VI: William Styron's Nat Turner: An Old Controversy Renewed in the 1960's.
The Novel: The Confessions of Nat Turner. A White Scholar's Response. A Black Scholar's Response.
Suggested Topics for Essays and Papers.