Southampton was generally a remote neighborhood. Most Families owned a heft number of slaves, which classified them as aristocrats. Some elite men with the names of Newsom, Worrell, and Briggs owned fifty slaves or more. And some owned large plantations with 145 to 179 slaves apiece. Most of the wealthier men inherited the majority of their fortunes and had bought the rest. In comparison to mansions that characterized Virginia, Southampton was relatively modest. Over one-third of their families did not own any slaves and the ones that did could afford overseers and worked alongside their slaves. Although Virginia was no longer in a depression, the state was still suffering. The lands value had declined and a number of families had moved to new land in Georgia and Alabama. Southampton whites were considered pretty laidback toward their slaves. They often let them gather for religious purposes, visit other farms, and even travel to Jerusalem on Saturdays to visit their friends and relatives. Their slaves were treated well and they rarely had any troubles. However, everything was not as serene as the whites liked to believe. S storm was brewing in Southampton. On the morning of August 22, 1831, a group of slaves led by a man named Nat Turner emerged from the forests with guns and axes. Their rage turned into violence and resulted in the bloodiest slave revolt in Southern history. Before that morning, white men who knew Turner thought him harmless. Nat Turner was born in 1800 and was property of Benjamin Turner. Rumor has it that his mother wanted to kill him instead of watching him grow up in slavery. He was the son of two strong-minded parents. They both praised Nat and wanted him to be aware of his self-importance. His mother and father told him he had great purpose and that someday he would become a prophet. Nat learned to read and write. Most people that knew him thought he was too intelligent to be a slave. In 1810 Benjamin Turner dies and Nat became the property of his oldest son Samuel. Samuel did not pay much attention to Nat which made it easier for him to improve his knowledge. Nat would read children’s literature and experiment with gun powder. But it was religion that interested him the most. He studied the Bible and would attend Negro religious meetings where they would sing hymns about a better life. He began to preach all the time and believed he was ordained by God himself. Nat became a Baptist preacher in the black community and came to know most of Southampton County on a personal level. Sometime around 1821 Nat disappeared. He fled to his freedom but 30 days later he voluntarily retuned. He claimed that his master was Jehovah and it was he who brought him back. Soon after Nat married a young woman named Cherry. Cherry was a slave on the same farm. When Samuel Turner died, both Nat and Cherry were sold to different farms. Since Nat was a knowledgeable man of the Bible, he was well aware of the hypocrisies of the white men. Southampton claimed to take care of their slaves, and yet they broke up their families and sold them to unmerciful slave owners, Nat began to have bloody visions. He believes that spirits were showing him signs. When working in the fields he discovered drops of blood on corn and leaves with figures and numbers drawn on them. When he told other slaves of his findings, they were astounded. They believed he could control the weather and heal diseases. In 1829 a convention met in Virginia to draft a new state constitution. There was talk about slaves being liberated. However, shortly after they learned that they would not be free. Antislavery publications began to filter in from the North. David Walker’s Appeal called for a slave revolt and in result a new law was established making it illegal to teach slaves how to read or write. In February 1831, there was an eclipse of the sun and Nat finally received the sign he had been waiting for. He gathered four other slaves and they
7th April 2015
Nat Turner Rebellion
During the early 1800’s, slavery was an integral part of Southern life. One of the bloodiest and most prominent events occurred during the time of slavery was the rebellion led by Nat Turner in Southampton County, Virginia. Nat Turner was considered intelligent and possessed abilities such read and write which made him become very important between others slaves. Nat was the leader of one of the most famous revolt in the United…
‘’I am here loaded with chains, and willing to suffer the fait that awaits me said Nat Turner right before he was executed. This is how I interpret this statement. I believe he means he’s ready to fight slavery and the dangers of it are not going to hold him back. Nat Turner was born Oct 21800. He always believed he was ‘’destined for some type of marvelous purpose’’.
Nat grew up as a slave. Nat believed he could end slavery with pure brutality…
d them of the uprising,
which failed because then they were caught before they even actually started it.
Gabriel Prosser was eventually sentenced to death.
Nat Turner, being a free prosperous African American, was also willing to
give his own life in the struggle for freedom of others, kind of like Harriet
Tubman. Nat Turner was religious and said he received visions…
Born: February, 1818 in Talbot County, Maryland
Died: February 20, 1895
Frederick Douglass was born into slavery on a plantation in Maryland. There, he encountered the brutalities of slavery firsthand. In 1838, after escaping from slavery, Douglass became a major advocate against the evils of slavery. He spoke forcefully against the arguments that slaves did not possess a great enough intellectual capacity to function as individual citizens. His eloquent words left people in awe…
process, store and make use of information about others. The way people think about others actually has an effect on our influences, behavior, emotions and social interactions.
Several black leaders began to lead slaves to freedom. Nat turner was one of the leaders. Turner…
He and his followers ended up killing 55 women, children, and men, but when the time came and their ammunition ran out some of the men including Nat ended up getting hung or killed. Near the end and in return, the whites ended up killing more than 200 African American’s as revenge from when Nat and his men killed 55 whites. They also put up harsh laws that strained and limited the slaves freedom even more for both enslaved and free blacks. It eventually started to become…
African American Literature
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African American religion during the colonial period
“When there is no vision, there is no hope.”- George Carver. African Americans embraced religion during the colonial period. Most African Americans were converted to Christianity through slavery. But religion for African Americas gave them a reason to live everyday through harsh enslavement. Blacks would hold secret church meetings at night while the master was sleeping…
didn’t want slavery anymore and the Southerners had no intentions of giving up on slavery. Nat Turner was a slave. On August 22, 1831 Nat broke out of his shed with some of his friends and killed all the members of his slave owners. By the next day, Nat and his friends nearly killed 60 slave owners. White owners were scared about this so they gather up men and killed Nat’s followers. They didn’t catch Nat until October 3. He died November 11, `1831.
Joy and peace was rare for slaves. If slaves…
and that they would never see them again.
Many people tried to revolt against slavery like Gabriel Prosser in 1800, or Denmark Vessey in 1822, unfortunately many of these attempts failed. The biggest most memorable revolt was led by Nat…
Unit #3 Study Guide
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Chapter 9: Jacksonian Democracy
Jacksonian Democracy, Nullification, Specie Circular, Spoils System, Trail of Tears, Whigs.
A & B) President Jackson professed to…