Nat Turner’s Rebellion

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  • In 1831, a slave named Nat Turner led a rebellion in South hampton County, Virginia.
  • Turner was deeply religious, and planned his rebellion after he experienced prophetic visions ordering him to gain his freedom by force.
  • Maybe I should, maybe I shan't?
  • We have way more to kill.
  • It took a military force to put down the rebellion, and Turner and 55 other slaves were captured and later executed by the state. 200 slaves were killed later by white mobs after Turners execution.
  • The rebellion also triggered extra restrictions for the slaves. Since Turner's intelligence caused the revolution, several states would pass laws making it illegal to teach blacks to read or write
  • Turner is still a controversial figure in history because of his tactics. Some consider him as a man who acted against injustice. Other see Turner as a ringleader of traumatic event. But Turner’s actions did change how people saw slaves intelligence.
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