Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property

The historical search for Nat Turner has inspired academics, novelists, and dramatists in a battle over who he was and what he means to America.

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Independent Lens
Premiere Date
February 10, 2004
60 minutes
  • Award laurels-r Created with Sketch.
    2003 Athens International Film and Video Festival-
  • Award laurels-r Created with Sketch.
    2003 US Film Festival-Silver Screen Award
  • Producer

    Frank Christopher


    Charles Burnett


    Kenneth Greenberg

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    The Film

    A "troublesome property" for his master, Nat Turner has remained a "troublesome property" for historians, novelists, dramatists, and others who have struggled to understand the leader of the famous 1831 slave rebellion. Using an innovative approach that combines documentary techniques, dramatic filmmaking, and historical methodology, this program explores how the many meanings of Nat Turner remain critical to understanding the racial history of our country.