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Revolt and Reconciliation

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The Cathedral of St. John

275 North Main Street

Providence, RI 02903

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What does the nat Turner Rebellion in 1835 have to do with modern racial reconciliation efforts?

Providence College professor Patrick Breen will discuss his book, The Land is Deluged in Blood: A New History of the Nat Turner Revolt. In the 1831 Nat Turner slave rebellion in Virginia, rebel slaves killed 55-65 people, the highest number of deaths caused by a slave uprising in the South. The rebellion was put down within a few days, but led to widespread fear and retaliation by whites. The state executed 56 slaves accused of being part of the rebellion, and approximately 120 slaves and free African Americans were murdered by white militias and mobs. Across the South, states passed new laws prohibiting education of African-Americans, enslaved or free, and restricting rights of assembly and other civil rights for free black people.

Dr. Breen will give the rough background of the Nat Turner revolt, but then tell the story of the efforts to re-establish communion in Virginia's Baptist churches. The lessons are two: (1) we are not the first to think about reconciliation, and (2) the surprising success (the re-integration of the southern churches) and the failures (the acquiescence to racism) of those efforts. Small group discussions will follow to examine what we can learn from the Nat Turner revolt and its aftermath. What will a successful program of reconciliation look like today? What are the failures and compromises that we could be tempted to make that might facilitate "success" in the efforts at racial reconciliation but would in the long run be a problem themselves?

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