• I heard a loud noise in the heavens, and the Spirit instantly appeared to me and said the Serpent was loosened, and Christ had laid down the yoke he had borne for the sins of men, and that I should take it on and fight against the Serpent, for the time was fast approaching when the first should be last and the last should be first.

    Nat Turner (2011). “The Confessions of Nat Turner, the Leader of the Late Insurrection in Southampton, Virginia”, p.21, Univ of North Carolina Press