Nat Turner Led The Largest Slave Revolt

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Nat Turner led the largest slave revolt in history. The organization was one of the bloodiest slave rebellions before the civil war. This was the rebellion that served to change the course of American history. Nat Turner led a life by helping other slaves overcome suffrage during the 1800s by starting a rebellion between them and their slave masters. He also had a large religious following, which went on to inspire some of the greatest African American activist in history like Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. While he was a slave, he showed others how the divisions of blacks and whites shouldn’t be tolerated in this world. Nat Turner was living through god and justifying his actions as an act of god. And felt like his job was to be the punisher of evil on earth sent from god. N.T. was born on Oct. 2, 1800, in the Southampton County, in Virginia and his slaveholder was Benjamin Turner. Nat’s mother was certain not to open him to the life of slavery that she tried to execute him as soon as she birthed him. But as soon as he turned three years old, his parents saw unique qualities about Turner. He started to get taught to read and write by the master’s son. As a boy, he was already familiar with religious studies while attending church regularly with his family and master. He spent most of his time reading the bible, praying and fasting. His parents were so certain that one day he’ll be a prophet because he knew so much for being young. As soon as he grew up he knew his childhood life with the white children was coming to an end. And Nat went on to become a Baptist preacher like he was expected to be by his family. Many of the slave masters were so impressed by Turner’s teachings that a man by the name of Ethelred T. Brantley, a p... ... middle of paper ... ...lf. Turner 's image has changed and evolved over the years. He has emerged as a hero, a religious fanatic and a villain. Turner became an important icon to the 1960s black power movement as an example of an African American standing up against white oppression. He was also the subject of William Styron 's 1967 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Confessions of Nat Turner. But others have objected to Turner 's indiscriminate slaughtering of men, women and children to try to achieve this end. As historian Scot French told The New York Times, "To accept Nat Turner and place him within the pantheon of American revolutionary heroes is to sanction violence as a means of social change. He has a kind of radical consciousness that to this day troubles advocates of a racially reconciled society. The story lives because it 's relevant today to questions of how to organize for change."

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