Nat Turner

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A wood engraving of the capture of Nat Turner

Nathaniel "Nat" Turner (October 2, 1800 – November 11, 1831) was an American slave and Christian preacher. But on the other hand he was forced to become a preacher and to calm the other slaves by controlling them. Also they would have to obey they master.[1]He believed God gave him visions. When he was 21 years old, Nat Turner escaped from his master Samuel Turner following in his father's footsteps and hid in the woods . 30 days later he had a vision telling him to " return [2] Turner thought an eclipse in February 1831 was a sign from God to plan a slave rebellion.[3] The rebellion happened in Southampton County, Virginia on August 21, 1831. He wasn’t that far from North Carolina border.[4] Seventy black people took part.[5] Some of these people were free, and others were slaves. After Turner and his fellow slaves killed his master and his family they took their horses and firearms and continued on with their destruction. [2] The violent rebellion lasted two days until soldiers finally ended it, but Turner escaped. He was found on October 30. Turner was executed on November 11 by hanging. He was skinned. At least 55 white people were killed in the rebellion. The state executed 55 people, but acquitted a few. 200 black people were killed by groups of white people. Slaves as far away as North Carolina were said to be connected with the rebellion. Many were tried and executed.[6] Because of the rebellion, new laws were made in Virginia. People could not bring black people together to teach them how to read and write.[7] It was also made illegal for black people to have church services without a white person with them. He got to have a little freedom unlike other slaves.

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  4. "Nat Turner's Rebellion - North Carolina Digital History". www.learnnc.org. Retrieved 2017-04-27. 
  5. "Nat Turner leads slave rebellion". African-American registry. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  6. "Nat Turner's Rebellion". Public Broadcasting Station. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  7. "Nat Turner's Rebellion". The Library of Virginia. Retrieved January 17, 2011.