Nat Turner's Slave Rebellion Essay

2521 WordsOct 18, 199911 Pages
 "Nat Turner's Southampton Slave Revolt and How it Paved the Way for the Abolitionist and Civil Rights Movement " Nat Turner was a man with a vision that would change America forever. His vision may have not sounded right to the average person but to Nat Turner, he was on Earth to realize his vision. Nat Turner is the most famous and most controversial slave rebel in American history, and he remains a storm center of dispute("Fires of Jubilee" author Stephen B. Oates). Nat Turner's slave revolt may have not been the greatest way to solve the problem of slavery, but it did open many people's eyes. Slavery was an accepted practice in society but it was not a humane or kind thing. The…show more content…
Reading the bible is where Nat received many of his callings to start his massive slave revolt. As Nat grew a little older, his life began to change in a succession of unsuspected shocks. First, his father ran away to the North, leaving Nat and Nancy still in slavery. After escaping he was never heard from again, but Nat never forgot him("Fires of Jubilee"). Around 1810 Nat's master Benjamin, died of a typhoid epidemic that was sweeping through the small Virginia neighborhood. In Master Benjamin's will, he divided his land and his slaves among his children. Nat and his mother now became property of Samuel Turner. Master Samuel was a cruel slave owner compared to his. Like his father he was religious but he scared Christian religion into his slaves. He told them that God had brought them to the new world to serve the white man, and that they were to be obedient to the whites. He said if the slaves tried ever to revolt or try to escape they would burn in hell with Satan forever. Nat lived under these ridiculous beliefs while on the plantation yet his belief in the lord and the bible never favored. Another new experience was presented to Nat when he turned twelve, he started to work difficult and laborious chores like the older male slaves. He could no longer play games with white children, no more fishing and cavorting. The same white children he and the
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