Essay PreviewMore ↓
To the white residents of Southampton County, it came as a surprise
that a slave named Nat Turner was the leader of a slave rebellion that
resulted in the deaths of 55 white people. This rebellion, which
Turner believed was directed by God, became one of the most famous
slave insurrections in U.S. history.
Nat Turner was born in Southampton County, Virginia on October 2,
1800. As a young boy, Turner was recognized as being highly
intelligent. His keen sense was noticed when he was about three or
four years old. While he was playing with other children, his mother
overheard him telling them about something that had happened before he
was born. She asked him details about the incident, and it confirmed
that he knew about this past event. Thereafter, other slaves believed
that in addition to his unique perception, his physical markings were
a sign that he would be a prophet.
In adulthood, he became a preacher. As a young man, he began having
visions that he believed were from God. Turner had three visions prior
to the rebellion in 1831. His first vision occurred in 1821, after he
had run away. While hiding out in the woods, he was prompted to return
after a vision from the Spirit who directed him to "return to the
service of my earthly master." After thirty days in the woods, he
returned to his master.
His second vision came in 1825 after he had seen "lights in the sky."
He prayed to find out what it meant. His prayers were answered when ".
. . while labouring in the field, I discovered drops of blood on the
corn, as though it were dew from heaven . . . I then found on the
leaves in the woods hieroglyphic characters and numbers, with the
forces of men in different attitudes, portrayed in blood, and
representing the figures I had seen before in the heavens."
On May 12, 1828 he had his third vision. He ".
How to Cite this Page
"Nat Turner's Rebellion - Uncle Tom's Cabin." 123HelpMe.com. 22 Jan 2019
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- “My father and mother strengthen me, and this was my first impression of life saying in my presence, I was intended for some great purpose (Nat turner, Brainyqoute.com)”. From the very beginning Nat Turner knew that he was meant to do something great. On the day of October 2, 1800 the famous Nat turner was born to Nancy Turner his father an unknown slave. Turner grew up with the thought that his father was an escaped slave and was coming back when he got the money to retrieve him and his mother.... [tags: african-american, freedom, sentence]
1243 words (3.6 pages)
- Nat Turner is the most famous and most controversial slave rebel on American history. He was living in the innocent season of his life, in those carefree years before the working age of twelve when a slave boy could romp and run about the plantation with uninhibited glee. Nat in his young years cavorted about the home place as slave children did generally in Virginia. He was first lived in Turner's house, who owned a modest plantationin a remote neighborhood "down county" from Jerusalem. His daytime supervisor was his grandmother, Old Bridget- who regaled the boy with slave tales and stories from the Bible.... [tags: Oates nat turner]
1956 words (5.6 pages)
- Nat Turner was a man with a vision that would change America forever. His vision may have not sounded right to the average person but to Nat Turner, he was on Earth to realize his vision. Nat Turner is the most famous and most controversial slave rebel in American history, and he remains a storm center of dispute("Fires of Jubilee" author Stephen B. Oates). Nat Turner’s slave revolt may have not been the greatest way to solve the problem of slavery, but it did open many people's eyes.... [tags: Nat Turner’s Slave Rebellion]
2435 words (7 pages)
- Nat Turner was an African American slave who influenced the slave culture to believe in the positives in order to improve their lifestyle. He influenced his fellow slaves by rebelling and fighting against slavery. The results for Nat Turner did not turn out how he wanted, until after his life was gone. His influences changed the future of the United States and the future of African Americans. The rebellion began on August 21st 1831 after Nat Turner had two experiences that gave him motivation.... [tags: slave, improve, lifestyle, rebelling, fighting]
683 words (2 pages)
- The Fires of Jubilee : Nat Turner's Fierce Rebellion The Fires of Jubilee, is a well written recollection of the slave insurrection led by Nathaniel Turner. It portrays the events leading towards the civil war and the shattered myth of contented slaves in the South. The book is divided into four parts: This Infernal Spirit of Slavery, Go Sound the Jubilee, Judgment Day, and Legacy. The story takes place in Southampton County, Virginia where little Nat Turner is introduced. Nat led a normal childhood for the most part, supervised by his beloved grandmother.... [tags: Nathaniel Turner Stephen B. Oates]
840 words (2.4 pages)
- ... Nat was so interested in learning the Bible that he began to sit in frequently at the Methodist Church on his master’s property. Considering that Turner had learned so much from attending church and reading the Bible he was then able to preach his own sermons. Nat Turner’s slave master was so fond of Nat’s great sermon’s that he allowed him to lead unsupervised church sermons. Since these sermons were not supervised Nat Turner was able to gather an assortment of slaves to help with the rebellion against the whites.... [tags: Slavery, Slavery in the United States]
1552 words (4.4 pages)
- Nat Turner was born into slavery, in South Hampton County, on October 2nd, 1800. He was a preacher that believed he was sent to lead people out of slavery. On August 21st, 1831, he led one of the most violent slave rebellions in American history. After six weeks in hiding, he was caught and hung for the atrocities carried out under his direction. The purpose of his rebellion was to help end slavery, but the results the slaves faced were the complete opposite. He was born on the Virginia plantation of Benjamin Turner.... [tags: Nat turner legacy, slavery, black rebellion]
1121 words (3.2 pages)
- Nat Turner’s Rebellion also known as the Southampton County Rebellion or the Southampton Insurrection, was a revolt led by Nat Turner and fellow slaves in 1831. It is remembered as one of a handful of antebellum slave revolts that profoundly changed the attitudes of white Americans toward slavery, and may, in fact, have had the most significant lasting impact on the politics of slavery and on the way slavery is remembered as an institution in American cultural memory. The rebellion itself lasted no more than two days, but the effects resulted in laws being passed restricting education and religious affairs for black slaves, as well as the tightening of militia efforts to prevent another upri... [tags: nat turner, slavery, civil war]
866 words (2.5 pages)
- The Importance of Nat Turner What was the importance of Nat Turner and where does he stand in American history. Nat Turner is an American slave, who has been forgotten about in history as well in the hearts of African-Americans. He led and organized one of the bloodiest slave rebellions in American history. This rebellion was "…the rebellion that served to change the course of American history in the three decades before the Civil War" (Goldman 10). Within this paper, it is to analyze on his impact on the nation.... [tags: Papers]
1016 words (2.9 pages)
- Nat Turner Nat Turner was an African American slave who was born in Southampton County, Virginia on October 2, 1800. He started working on southern plantations 1831. When he was younger, everyone thought of him as being very smart. They saw that he was smart when he was about 3 or 4 years old. While young Nat Turner was playing with some of his friends, his mother heard him tell the children about something that had happened to him when he was born. She later had asked him about what he told the children.... [tags: Slave Slavery History]
1183 words (3.4 pages)
in the heavens, and the Spirit instantly appeared to me and said the
Serpent was loosened, and Christ had laid down the yoke he had borne
for the sins of men, and that I should take it on and fight against
the Serpent, for the time was fast approaching when the first should
be last and the last should be first. . . . And by signs in the
heavens that it would make known to me when I should commence the
great work . . ." Then in February of 1831, an eclipse of the sun
occurred, and Turner believed that this was a sign to begin planning.
He told four other slaves, and they planned the attack for the 4th of
July, but they had to cancel due to Turner being ill.
Plans were postponed until August 20th. On that evening, Turner and
six other men met in the woods, and at 2:00 a.m. they set out for the
house of Turner's master. There they killed his master's entire family
and proceeded to go house-to-house, sparing no one. In the process,
they had gained the assistance of 40 slaves who helped kill at least
55 white people.
The rebellion came to an end when Turner and the other slaves were
pursued by the militia. During the pursuit, some slaves were captured,
and about 15 were hanged. Turner escaped and hid out for about six
weeks until he was captured, imprisoned, and on November 5, 1831, he
was sentenced to execution. While in prison, he dictated his
confession to Thomas R. Gray. On November 11, he was hanged and
As a result of the insurrection, Virginia debated about ending slavery
but decided against it. Instead, more stringent laws were imposed upon
both free blacks and slaves.