Contributor to books, Jeffersonian Legacys, University Press of Virginia,93; and Culture, Media, and the Modern African American Freedom Struggle, edited and published by Brian Ward, University Press of Florida, 2001. Contributor to several journals, including Southern Cultures Two.
SIDELIGHTS – Scot French is a researcher whose research interests focus on race, place and black life in “Jim Crow South.” French’s book The Rebellious Sailor: Nat Turner, American Memory, examines how Turner is depicted in popular culture, from 1831 when he led a slave rebellion, up to today. Between fifty and one hundred slaves revolted against their Virginia masters under Turner’s leadership. French mentions that a witness, John Hampden Pleasants reported that Turner persuaded the slaves to revolt against their Virginia masters by telling them there were only 80,000 whites and that blacks could take over. French discusses the impact of the Turner rebellion on the abolitionist John Brown’s 1959 attack at Harper’s Ferry. He also discusses William Styron’s controversial novel Confessions by Nat Turner.