- Atlanta University and Clark Atlanta University Theses and Dissertations
- Great influence on my own mind: African American literacy and slave rebellion in the Antebellum South
- Littleton, La’Neice M.
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- United States, Georgia, Fulton County, Atlanta, 33.749, -84.38798
- The most far-reaching and well-known slave rebellions in America were the result of educated enslaved men named Gabriel, Denmark Vesey, and Nat Turner. These men used their literacy and access to information to rise to leadership in their enslaved communities. The purpose of this dissertation is to illustrate the impact of literacy on the efficacy of three insurrections (slave rebellions): Gabriel’s in 1800, Denmark Vesey’s in 1822, and Nat Turner’s in 1831. This research argues that literacy played a pivotal role in the construction of ideals of freedom not only for the rebellion leaders themselves but for their enslaved kin as well.
Date of award: 2020-07
Degree type: dissertation
Degree name: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Granting institution: Clark Atlanta University
Department: Department of Humanities
Advisor: Black, Daniel
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- Clark Atlanta University