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1 The Story Behind the Pitchfork and Machete

2 Nathaniel Turner was born October 2, 1800 Born in Southampton County, Virginia He was born into slavery on a planation The Beginning

3 Turner tried to escape the plantations many times before Each time he was found or caught The punishment was a severe beating and lack of food Sitting in the field one day, Turner started to hallucinate; he saw black and white spirits fighting each other This made him angry and he didn’t want to be held a “prisoner” anymore As the Years Raged On

4 Turner had another vision that occurred in February 1831 as a signal that the time to rise up had come Recruited many other slaves to join him On August 21, 1831, Turner and his supporters began their revolt against white slave owners with the killing the Travis family (His owner) The more other slaves heard of this, they wanted to join Recruited around other slaves Committed up to 55 murders Killed women, men and even children Went to different plantations every night and killed the families The Start of a Rebellious Slave Leader

5 Committed up to 55 counts of First degree murder Turner did not do all the murders himself but was still accused and charged Used weapons such as: machetes, knives, pitchforks, and hands Mutilated the bodies The Gruesome Truth

6 Turner had planned to reach the county seat of Jerusalem and take over the armory there, but he and his men were foiled in this plan. They faced off against a group of armed white men at a plantation near Jerusalem, and the conflict soon dissolved into chaos, however Turned fled to the woods and got away Turner was eventually captured on October 30, He pleaded innocent in court, but was found guilty He was sentenced to death by hanging, and this sentence was carried out on November 11, 1831 The Aftermath

7 I believe that these acts of deviance can be categorized as Differential Association. The reason being is because he did not commit all of the murders by himself. He may have organized the group and led them, but they certainly influenced him to commit some of the crimes. If he would have done all of the killings himself it would not be this. The other members of his “mob” also greatly contributed to the crimes that were committed. Differential Association

8 Although Nat Turner was responsible for dozens of murders, I believe not all of them were his fault He was treated terribly and beaten almost everyday Although there wasn’t rehabilitation back then, I don’t believe he should have been put to death He needed psychiatric help more than put to death Other members and followers influenced him in a negative way Punishment


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