2 Background Information Born on October 2, 1800Born in Southampton County, VirginiaProperty of Benjamin Turner (plantation owner)Mother and Grandmother were brought to America from AfricaMaster’s son taught him to readHad deep religious beliefsHe believed God had chosen him to help his people get out of slavery
3 Important Dates In 1831, he was sold to Joseph Travis February 1831: He saw an eclipse as a supernatural sign from God to start a revoltAugust 21, 1831: Him and 7 other slaves killed Joseph Travis and his family to launch the rebellionHim and the slaves went on a murderous spree on the countryside
4 Nat Turner’s Rebellion About 50 whites were killedHe had hoped this would cause a massive slave uprisingBut only 75 had joined his rebellionOver 3,000 members of state militia were sent to deal with the rebellionMore than 100 innocent slaves were killed
5 The Execution This was widely published in newspapers Nat Turner went into hiding6 weeks later, he was capturedOn November 11, 1831: Nat Turner was executedBefore being executed, he described his actions to Thomas R. Gray, who published “The Confessions of Nat Turner”This was widely published in newspapers
6 The ImpactThis rebellion led to many blacks being murdered by white mobsSlave owners became more strictSlaves became even more limited on what activities they could do
7 BibliographyWho2, LLC. “Who2 Biography” April <http://www.answers.com/topic/nat-turner>Simkin, John. Spartacus Educational. 28 April <http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USASturner.htm>
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