The Literary Battle for Nat Turner’s Legacy

The Literary Battle for Nat Turner’s Legacy

In his 1967 novel, "The Confessions of Nat Turner," William Styron, a white southerner, told the story of America’s bloodiest slave revolt—in the voice of its African-American leader. Half a century later, Turner is the subject of Nate Parker’s new film, "The Birth of a Nation," and the literary battle Styron ignited is still raging.

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