‘The Birth of a Nation’ & Nat Turner

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The film “The Birth of a Nation” directed, written and produced by Nate Parker tells the story of Nat Turner—a Virginia-born slave, minister and leader of the famous 1831 slave rebellion that killed 55 white men, women and children. Marty talks with entertainment reporter KIMBERLY ROBERTS about the film, its title and controversy surrounding its director. Widener University associate professor of history SARAH ROTH and author of Gender and Race in Antebellum Popular Culturediscusses the historical facts about Nat Turner’s life and why he should be taught in grade schools.

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