Nat Turner's Rebellion

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Nat Turner’s Rebellion Questions and Answers

1. Who was supposed to spill the first blood?
Nat Turner

2. When and where did the revolt begin?
Sunday, August 21, 1831 in Southampton, Virginia

3. What area led Virginia in cotton production in 1840? What might this imply about the slave population in this area in between 1830-1840?
Southampton
It increased

4. How old was Nat Turner?
30

5. Describe Turner’s unusual upbringing.
Taught to read by his white parents
Spent much time praying
Was spared much physical labor
Free time to study schoolbooks

6. How was Nat Turner “divinely inspired?”
He claimed to have divine visions and he had a reputation as a preacher
A spirit appeared and he was told to arise and prepare
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Roving bands of white militia butchered innocent slaves in retaliation for Nat Turner’s revolt. Similarly, Nathaniel Bacon’s men slaughtered peaceful Indians when they could not find violent Indians

17. What laws were enacted by Southern state legislatures to restrict the lives of slaves?
No black man was permitted to become a preacher
No assembly or meeting for religious or other purposes
Free blacks could not carry weapons
Increased the penalties for blacks who assaulted whites
Allowed whippings for blacks who expressed seditious thought

18. How many free black were included among the accused?
5

19. What was the name of Turner’s narrative describing his revolt?
The Confessions of Nat Turner

20. What words does the judge use when sentencing Turner?
Be hung by the neck until you are dead, dead, dead

21. How did Thomas Gray defend Nat Turner against charges being made in the Southern press?
He said the revolt was the action of “a complete fanatic warped and perverted by the influence of early impressions

22. In a late conversation with Gray, whom did turner compare himself to?
Jesus Christ

23. What was Virginia Governor John Floyd’s view on slavery?
Opposed slavery and favored gradual emancipation

24. What concerns did Governor Floyd have over the fate of those blacks sentenced to be sent the Deep South?
Treatment was much harsher there

25. Describe Floyd’s fury at Northern abolitionists.
He claimed that a man can plot treason in
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