The Nat Turner Rebellion

The Nat Turner Rebellion

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  • On October 2, 1800, Nat Turner was born into slavery onto a slave plantation in the Southampton County. Just like all the other slaves, Turner was abused and treated very badly.
  • Work harder!!!!
  • As a child and teenager, Turner constantly moved from plantation to plantation, never truly finding a home or having real friends.
  • Get out and never come back!
  • Not again!
  • Oh. I suppose he will have to do.
  • Turner was a very religious man and unlike many slaves, he knew how to read and write. When he wasn’t working or being punished, he read the Bible or prayed.
  • In 1825, Turner started receiving visions of a great battle between good and evil and believed that these visions were sent to him from God. So he started to prepare himself for battle.
  • On August 21, 1831, Turner and a group of six other men began their rebellion against slavery and started with their own slave owners, the Travers family. They murdered Mr. Travers, his wife, his children and several slave drivers as well.
  • Your time is up!
  • No! Please! I'll do anything!
  • They went from plantation to plantation, killing as many white folks as possible and recruiting as many slaves as they could. Before he reached the town, Turner had recruited between 40 to 50 slaves and murdered more than 55 white men, women and children in total.
  • Join us brothers! Fight against the evil white people who oppress us! We must fight to kill!
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