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Patrick H. Breen


Associate Professor

Contact Information:
Ruane Center for the Humanities 132


Ph.D. - University of Georgia

Area(s) of Expertise:

I hope that my new work on Nat Turner will be considered the authoritative account of America's most famous revolt. I have penned a recent essay on Turner's religion for The Smithsonian Magazine's web site. I have written on The Birth of a Nation (2016) for Deadline. I have been interviewed by Rhode Island's National Public Radio. Slate and The L.A. Times have turned to me as the authority on the revolt. I have also been interviewed on blogs including "The Way of Improvement Leads Home" and "The Page 99 Test."

Selected Publications:

Recent Presentations:

Breen, Patrick H.., Virginia Forum, Lexington, VA, "A Historical Reappraisal of William Styron's Confessions of Nat Turner". March, 2011.

Breen, Patrick H.., The Economic & Business History Society, Providence, RI, "Chair: Session 1, Panel B (Presiding and Commenting on Papers Connected to the Economics of Slavery)". April, 2007.

Breen, Patrick H.., Southwest Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association annual meeting, Albuquerque, NM, "The Confession of Nat Turner". February, 2007.

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