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1 Nat Turner “The Prophet” By: Diana Kuttner and Julia Lasko

2 BIOGRAPHY Born on October 2, 1800 in Southampton, VA The son of slaves Very religious and believed God chose him to lead his people out of slavery Preacher among slaves NAT’S PARENTS Mother(Nancy)- mother and an African slave Father- unknown, possibly from an African background both belonging to Benjamin Turner

3 MOVEMENT Nat Turners Rebellion February of Nat saw a solar eclipse and took it as a sign from god to start an insurrection August 21 st Turner and about seven other slaves killed Travis, Nat’s owner and his family to launch his rebellion. about 40 others joined Nat in his rebellion They went around surrounding plantations and killed all the whites, spearing now lives About 60 whites died before state militia showed up Nat and his followers went around surrounding plantations killing all the whites including women and children They murdered families with axes, clubs, guns, and swords and also robbed their homes Any slave seen killing a white was shot when the militia arrived US’s most famous slave rebellions

4 EFFECTS Slaves involved in the rebellion were captured 15 slaves were hanged, some had decapitation Turner escaped in the woods and hid for 6 weeks before he was discovered by a hunter and surrendered peacefully, but was then hanged VA sent out state and federal troops to search homes of slaves looking for evidence suggestion that another rebellion was going to occur The Act of December 23, 1833, Sec. 5, 1833 Ga. Laws 226- “no person of color, whether free or slave, shall be allowed to preach to, exhort or join in any religious exercise, with any persons of color, either free of slave.” – If found preaching- he or she was sentenced to be whipped no more than 39 lashes and to be imprisoned but no longer than 6 months. – Could only go to religious meetings with his/her mast at night and could receive religious instruction from their master only.

5 EFFECTS CONTINUED… Laws were passed that prohibited blacks, free and enslaved, from carrying or possessing firearms- in 1833 GA passed the Act of December 23, 1833, Sec. 7, 1833 GA. Law 226, 228- saying that any free colored person in the state cannot use of carry and fire arms. – If they did they would receive 39 lashes, and the firearms they possessed would be exposed to public sale – Many other states passed laws such as this one that prohibited free blacks from carrying any arms Regulatory acts were used to forbid blacks to read and write, congregate, travel freely, carry arms, and to preach.

6 METHODS AND CONSTRIBUTIONS SPECIFIC CONTRIBUTIONS He led the slaves through the rebellion Preached the slaves METHODS Religion Preaching to slaves Used violence Followed God’s “callings”

7 The Confessions of Nat Turner The book The Confessions of Nat Turner was written by Turner’s lawyer during the trial which resulted from his uprising in Virginia in The author’s name is Thomas Ruffin Gray. Turner was hanged a few days after the trial so his Gray wrote the book recounting on the events that took place in Turner’s early years up to the rebellion. The book led to more restrictions on Southern blacks. The book ended up being banned in some parts of the South. Gray gathered the information he wrote in the book from interviews with Turner and research he did before the trial.

8 WORKS CITED(PRIMARY SOURCE) 1.Proclamation by Governor John Floyd about Nat Turner Floyd, John. “Proclamation by Governor John Floyd, 17 September 1831.” The Library of Virginia. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Apr Newspaper Article on Nat Turner Higginson, Thomas Wentworth. “Nat Turner’s Insurrection.” The Atlantic Monthly Aug. 1861: The Atlantic Online. Web. 6 Apr Book Jacobs, Harriet. Fear of Insurrection. Boston: Linda Brent, Dickinson, Slavery, and the San Domingo Moment. Web. 7 Apr Newspaper Article Fortone, Thomas. "Nat Turner." Cleveland Gazette 22 Nov. 1884: 02. Ohio History. Web. 7 Apr

9 WORKS CITED(SECONDARY SOURCE) Samuel Warner, Authentic and impartial narrative of the tragical scene which was witnessed in Southampton County (Virginia)... (New York, 1831)—Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Larson, Jennifer L. "A Rebellion to Remember: The Legacy of Nat Turner." Documenting the American South. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 7 Apr Web. 7 Apr "Nat Turner's Rebellion." The Library of Virgina. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Apr Goldman, Steve, "The Southhampton Slave Revolt," HistoryBuff.com—A Nonprofit Organization, accessed 23 Oct. 2010; French, Scot, "The Confessions of Nat Turner (1831)," Encyclopedia Virginia, Ed. Brendan Wolfe, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, accessed 30 Oct The Southhampton Slave RevoltThe Confessions of Nat Turner (1831)


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