It is enlightening to know a little about our title character Nat Turner. He is not a fictional character. He was born into slavery in 1800 on a Southampton County plantation. He was an intensely spiritual boy who always had visions and believed he had been chosen by God to emancipate the slaves in the South. He saw himself in a battle with the serpent. On 21st August he led a violent insurrection against the white plantation owners and slave traders. It struck fear into the hearts of the previously unchallenged white community. Leaving them glancing over their shoulders. Their lives of gentrification had experienced a shattered peace, bringing to the doorstep a sense of fear and disquiet.
Nat Turner was on the run for six weeks after the riots, but was eventually caught and later hanged. Far from bringing about emancipation the uprising led to tougher laws and harsher conditions for the slaves!