Nat Turner, An Abolisionist Essay

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Nat Turner was born in October 2, 1800, on Benjamin Turner’s plantation in Southampton County, Virginia. His father was also a slave of Benjamin Turner’s and was believed to have successfully escaped and lived his life in the Great Dismal Swamp in southern Virginia and North Carolina. His mother was a slave named Nancy who used to live in Africa but was taken in 1763. Nat Turner was highly intelligent and imaginative even from early childhood, and his mother thought that he was destined for great things. He was overheard describing events that even happened before he was born, so the other slaves believed that he was destined to become a religious prophet. Nat Turner was a very religious slave who had many visions and led a rebellion…show more content…
In February, 1831, Turner received the sign to revolt, which was an eclipse of the sun. He confided his plan that he had to four men that he trusted; Henry, Hark, Nelson, and Sam. They planned for the rebellion to be on July 4, but it had to be postponed because Turner became ill. On August 13, the sun appeared bluish-green, which was the final sign, and on August 21, Turner and six of his men met and made plans in the woods. At 2:00 in the morning, they went to the Travis household, and they killed the entire family. They proceeded to kill all the white people they encountered as they went from house to house. As they went, more slaves joined them, and the force eventually consisted of more than 40 slaves, mostly on horseback. At midday of the next day, Turner decided that they should go to Jerusalem, which was the closest town. The word of the rebellion reached to the whites at this point, and they were confronted by a group of

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