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October 2, 1800 November 11, 1831

Nat Turner led a slave uprising in south-eastern Virginia. In Virginia on August 21, 1831 that resulted in 60 white deaths.  He went from farm to farm killing whites, freeing slaves and gathering men to his cause. Whites killed another 250 blacks in the violent crackdown that followed. Ended any idea that blacks were contented slaves.

October marks the anniversary both of his birth and of his arrest as the leader of one of the United States’ most famous slave rebellions.

Nat Turner was born October 2, 1800 on a plantation in Southampton County, Virginia. Turner was deeply committed to his programmed Christian faith and believed he received messages from God through visions and signs in nature. When he was in his early 20s, these signs led him to return to his master after an escape attempt. Similarly, a solar eclipse and an unusual atmospheric event are believed to have inspired his insurrection, which began on August 21, 1831.

Nat Turner’s rebellion was one of the bloodiest and most effective in American history. I believed he was fed up with the reality of being a slave and being taught we are free as a Christian.  It ignited a culture of fear in Virginia that eventually spread to the rest of the South, and is said to have expedited the coming of the Civil War. In the immediate aftermath of the rebellion, however, many Southern states, including North Carolina, tightened restrictions on African Americans. Over the course of two days, dozens of whites were killed as Turner’s band of insurrectionists, which eventually numbered over fifty, moved systematically from plantation to plantation in Southampton County.  A lot of the really murdered as well… Nat Turner, though, eluded capture for over two months. Nat Turner hid in several different places near the Travis farm before he was captured on October 30. His “confession,” dictated to Thomas R. Gray, was taken while he was imprisoned in the county jail He hid in the Dismal Swamp area and was discovered accidentally by a hunter on October 30. He surrendered peacefully.

 

Turner was hanged on November 11 in Jerusalem, Virginia. His body was flayed, beheaded and quartered. I n the aftermath of the insurrection there were 45 slaves, and 5 free blacks tried for insurrection and related crimes in Southampton. Of the 45 slaves tried, 15 were acquitted. Of the 30 convicted, 18 were hanged, while 12 were sold out of state. Of the 5 free blacks tried for participation in the insurrection, one was hanged, while the others were acquitted… Two hundred blacks were also killed after being beaten by white militias and mobs reacting with violence

 

Slavery and vicious hate crimes continued, possibly because of President Andrew Jackson’s vocal advocacy against abolition.

 

To me he wanted freedom not only for himself but for all. The way he went about it was not necessarily the correct way but take yourself back in that era what would you have done seeing your own being  brutally treated , sold, abused mentally, emotionally, and physically, men, women  and children actually being raped. It was not the exact  smart way to go as now we have massive media outlets like face book, twitter, YouTube to send out a message or get help.  I still feel he was a pioneer for freedom and not hatred.

 

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