It all began in the summer of 1831, a revolt consisting of African American slaves. A revolt put together by Nat Turner He thought of himself as a prophet and got signs from God. According to him, God showed him a vision of blood and of death. Tuner took this as a sign to go and kill all the whites. So he gathered many other slaves and they all went on a killing spree of murdering white men, women, and children.
The following year, his hostility toward slave-staters exploded after they burned and pillaged the free-state community of Lawrence. Having organized a militia unit within his Osawatomie River colony, Brown led it on a mission of revenge. On the evening of May 23, 1856, he and 6 followers, including 4 of his sons, visited the homes of pro-slavery men along Pottawatomie Creek, dragged their unarmed inhabitants into the night, and hacked them to death with long-edged swords. At once, "Old Brown of Osawatomie" became a feared and hated target of slave-staters. In autumn 1856, temporarily defeated but still committed to his vision of a slave insurrection, Brown returned to Ohio.
After his rebellion, slavery did continue. But what he did caused a turning point in history that caused the abolishment of slavery to occur. To the black slaves, Nat Turner was known as a “hero” (Schleichert).
Within this paper, it is to analyze on his impact on the nation. Nat Turner was a slave son, who was born on October 2, 1800 in Southampton County, Virginia, to Benjamin Turner. When Nat was born, Bisson pointed out "according to legend, his mother was so determined not to subject him to a life of slavery that she tried to kill him as soon as he was born" (15). When Nat was the age of "…three or four years old his parents were already certain that one day he "surely would be a prophet"" (Goldman 16). As young Nat grew up, he knew his childhood life with the young white boys was coming to an end and soon he will start his new life of slavery.
Joined by about sixty other blacks, he led a general revolt. Within days, militiamen suppressed the revolt and Turner was ironically hung in Jerusalem, Virginia. Many took different steps in the fight for equality. Nat Turner, a religious leader among his fellow slaves, become convinced he had been chosen by God to lead his people to freedom. Leading a revolt, he and five other slaves killed their master and his family.
Nat Turner and his rebellion crew, had no mercy and killed everyone in the house men, women, and children. In the middle of the day of August 22, Turner decided that his rebellion need to march towards Jerusalem and kill the slave owners and families in other counties and towns all over. Also his goal was to take over the armory at the county seat, creating a way for African Americans. However some of the men in the rebellion where scared for their lives and went back and told their masters of what was happening and told the plans and accommodations of Nat Turner and his slave rebellion. Since word had gotten out the slaves were met by the militia at their meeting point, and their forces were disorganized.
Murray played a crucial role in helping Douglass gain his freedom. Douglass’s narrative shines a glaring light on slavery through the eyes of slaves themselves. The story of Douglass’s life as a slave and his growth into the man that he ultimately became is nothing short of awe inspiring. The way Covey tried to break Douglass only strengthened him in the end. The abolitionist movement, no, the world would not be the same, had Frederick Douglass not been born.
They protested in several different ways whether it be attacking the slave owner, wounding themselves, or simply “ accidentally” breaking tool needed to perform their everyday duties. (Doc 115) A slave named Nat Turner led one of the most famous revolts. Turner, a slave preacher, led an armed group of African-Americans on a killing spree from house to house in Southampton County, Virginia. They killed sixty white men, women, and children before being overcome by federal troops. Turner’s revolt ended with more than a hundred blacks being executed.
Lynching was considered a form of amusement for some. In 1893, people gathered from all over to Paris Texas, in order to view the lynching of a mentally challenged black man. This man was accused of killing a white girl. 10,000 people watched him be tortured to death. Hot flames were thrown onto his body, his eyes were burned out and hot pokers were forced down his throat.