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'The Birth of a Nation' Review: Nat Turner, And All Those After Him, Deserve Better

In August of 1831, an ever-increasing collection of enslaved black men, led by Nat Turner, rebelled against the slaveholders who purported to own them. They raged through Southampton County, Virginia, killing nearly 65 men, women, and children (accounts of the...
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