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Nat Turner

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lexi swartz

on 15 April 2014

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"Having soon discovered to be great, I must appear so, and therefore studiously avoided mixing in society, and wrapped myself in mystery, devoting my time to fasting and prayer." -Nat Turner
Nat Turner Quiz:
How did Nat Turner influence the Southampton Insurrection?
Soldiers fighting the slaves (1831)
Nat Turner (1800-1831)
Interesting Facts:
Slaves revolting against their masters
Nat Turner Rebellion Video
Background Information
Nat Turner believed that the Lord had chosen him to lead a revolt to end slavery. He began an insurrection, or rebellion with a group of slaves that grew to about 70. The revolt resulted in many deaths, killing many whites and plantation owners. After two months, militiamen and armed civilians put an end to it. Turner was captured, tried, convicted, and hanged. Several blacks were additionally killed or expelled from Virginia. In response to the revolt, the General Assembly passed harsher slave laws and censored abolitionists.
Background Information
Nat Turner started the insurrection when he was in his early 30's. The revolt began on the night of August 21, 1831 and lasted roughly two months, ending on October 30. Turner was in the woods when he was accidentally discovered by a nearby hunter. He surrendered peacefully and was then taken by soldiers where he was eventually killed.
Background Information
Background Information
Nat Turner
Essential Question:
Nat Turner was an African-American slave who led the Southampton Insurrection, which is looked at as one of the most effective slave rebellions in the South. Turner was born in Southampton County, Virginia in 1800 and died in Jerusalem, Virginia in 1831. He was taken away from his mother at birth, and born to a plantation owner where he was raised. As a child, Turner always had the dream of becoming something visionary. He learned to read and was very religious, and later became a preacher to the other slaves. Turner would lead his fellow slaves in church services, and he soon became known as a “prophet.”
Nat Turner Insurrection Marker
Historical Significance:
The lasting impact of Nat Turner's rebellion will forever remain. A historical marker of his insurrection was built in 1991 in his honor which is located in Southampton county, Virginia.
Turner's violent rebellion not only contributed to the myth that slavery was a good institution, but also showed how white Southerners' own Christian beliefs supported how he wanted freedom. Turner became an important icon to the 1960s black power movement as an example of an African American standing up against white favoritism. He was also the subject of William Styron's 1967 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Confessions of Nat Turner. Responding to the rebellion, the General Assembly passed harsher slave laws after the revolt, so slaves gained more rights.
How did Turner's actions influence slavery?
Turner and seven other slaves started the revolt in Virginia at their own plantation, first murdering Joseph Travis (the farm owner.) They set off on a campaign of brutal murders along the countryside, picking up more slave recruits as they continued on from plantation to plantation. Turner and the additional slaves moved through Southampton County toward Jerusalem, Virginia, where they intended to end the insurrection.
Turner was taught to read by his master's son. This was very rare because at this time, no other slaves could read or write.
He believed that it was a vision from god to lead the insurrection. Some would say he's a minister, others call him a mass-murderer.
Turner was known as the "Black Spartacus"
He had a very firm belief in the saying "Give me liberty or give me death" and his actions proved this.
His final vision from god to revolt against the white masters occurred on February 12, 1831, during a solar eclipse.
He saw the eclipse as a black hand reaching down he took that as a sign that the time of a revolt was then.
They broke into homes with only their hands, tools, and hatchets. No firearms were used to murder any whites.
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