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1 Nat Turner Kenasia Rice W.Stiern Middle School Standard HSS 8.7.2 Ms.Marshall 2009-2010

2 Birth Nathaniel Turner was born on a small plantation in Southampton County, Virginia He was born on October 2 nd,1800 as a son of slaves He was born the property of Benjamin Turner Also known as the “Black Spartacus”

3 Nat’s Life On The Plantation Nat was sold three times as a child Ran away in 1821 for a month but came back for religious reasons In 1831 he was finally sold to Joseph Travis Where he later believed he got a supernatural sign from God to lead his people out of slavery

4 Nat’s Rebellion In February of 1831 Turner received what he thought to be supernatural sign from god (a solar eclipse) telling him it was time for him and his companions to prepare for his revolt On August 21 st they began their attempt to overthrow slavery In 48 hours they’d killed between 55 to 65 whites throughout Southampton County, Virginia a family of poor whites who owned no slaves was spared

5 The capture On August 23 rd Turner’s black liberation army was met and overpowered by superior and military forces Almost 100 blacks were killed and dozens more immediately executed Turner escaped and stayed in hiding for about six weeks

6 The Conviction On November 5 th he was tried and convicted Turner admitted to leading the rebellion He plead “not guilty” On November 11 th he was hanged for freeing his people

7 Turners Stand in History His rebellion catalyzed the beginning of the U.S. abolitionist movement His motive was a desire for liberty Some compared him to the Patriots of the Revolutionary War Turner was too a strong believer of that “Give me liberty or give me death” must be a man’s guiding philosophy

8 Other Rebellions Nat Turner wasn’t the only person who took a courageous dramatic stand in history There both blacks and whites who helped Harriet Tubman,Fredrick Douglas, and Sojouner Truth were just some of the people who participated slave freedoms

9 Harriet Tubman Born around 1820 in Maryland as slave Suffered a serious injury when her overseer threw a heavy weight at her when she was only 12yrs old She developed the underground railroad With the help of many other abolitionists Harriet freed up to about 300 black slaves

10 Fredrick Douglass In 1839 on June 24 Fredrick Douglass became a license preacher for the African American church In 1841 Douglass became a lecturer for the American Anti-Slavery Society and traveled to the East and Midwest lecturing against slavery He publishes his book The Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass: An American slave

11 Bibliography Thomas C. Parramore, Southampton County, Virginia (1978); Alison Goodyear Freehling, Drift toward Dissolution: The Virginia Slavery Debate of 1831-1832 Two novels portray Turner: Daniel Panger, Ol' Prophet Nat (1967), and William Styron Bradford, Sarah. Harriet Tubman: The Moses of Her People. NY: Corinth Books, 1961. (Reprint of second edition originally published in 1886. First edition published in 1868 was titled "Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman.") Thomas, Sandra,’’Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist, Editor’: A Biography of the life of Frederick Douglass,” at http://www.

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