Date of Award

8-2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Legacy Department

History

Advisor

Bartley, Abel

Committee Member

Bartley , Abel

Committee Member

Saunders , Richard

Committee Member

Moise , Edwin

Abstract

Many authors have examined Nat Turner's Rebellion and David Walker's Appeal in the context of cause and effect. This thesis will demonstrate that similar methods of marginalization were used by the dominant white culture against David Walker and Nat Turner. Instead of accepting the stigma of religious fanaticism that both received for using religion to advocate violence, this thesis will make a defense of Turner's and Walker's use of religion to advocate violence. This thesis also asks unanswered questions and covers untouched aspects of both events which may be explored by future scholars. Moreover, this thesis asserts that more needs to be done in examining both radicals as a product of cultural diffusion between dominant and minority cultures and more needs to be done to learn overlooked lessons marginalization has caused in the study of African American history. Primary sources from the South Caroliniana at USC Columbia and the South Carolina State Archives will be used. Walker's Appeal will also be used as a primary source in addition to secondary sources on Walker's time as well as from other struggles of different periods and places in history. This thesis uses statistical analysis of Aptheker's American Negro Slave Revolts.

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