Wood engraving “Discovery of Nat Turner” depicts Benjamin Phipps’s October 30, 1831, capture of Turner, leader of the Southampton County slave insurrection.

Legacy of Fear

Just hours after I posted “The Legend of Jim Crow” last week, nine black people were shot to death at a prayer meeting in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The Jim Crow stereotype is a laughing, simple, guileless “darkie.” I said I’d write about the stereotype of Nat Turner this […]