Abstract Essay

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Abstract This essay seeks to overturn Kyle Baker’s claim that he represented the “true” character and “true” story of Nat Turner in his graphic novel Nat Baker. This essay first briefly examines the famous novel The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron, that is based on the same source as Baker’s graphic novel. This essay explores the techniques that made this novel controversial, and questions why this novel was more highly criticized than Baker’s graphic novel. Through a general explanation of the difficulties of interpreting history, one learns that it is truly impossible to depict history in a full, unbiased, honest form. Daniel S. Fabricant explains in “Thomas R. Gray and William Styron: Finally, A Critical look at the 1831 Confessions of Nat Turner” the various reasons as to why many, such as Baker, have trusted Gray’s document as well as why Gray’s document needs to be questioned. As a result of Baker trusting Gray, Baker did not depict the “true” historical story of Nat Turner, but rather Gray’s interpretation of Turner. The implications of this on Baker’s audience is the belief in a false history. The Necessary Questioning of Historical Documents: Kyle Baker’s Nat Turner Exposed The historical figure of Nat Turner has intrigued many over the years. Nat Turner was a slave in the United States who led one of the most influential slave rebellions on August 21, 1831 in Virginia. This uprising resulted in the most white American deaths in the Antebellum southern United States in a single slave rebellion: 56 deaths. As a result of so many whites being killed, Turner was convicted, sentenced to death, and eventually executed. There have been many writers who have been fascinated with Turner’s story. Consequently, several representations of the story of Nat Turner have been produced. A document upon which the majority of knowledge of Nat

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