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. She asked him details about the incident, and it confirmed that he knew about this past event. From that time on, other slaves believed that in addition to his unique view, his physical markings were a sign that he would be a prophet. He was brought up knowing that slavery was wrong. He was taught how to read and write by his masters son.
Later on, he got married to a slave named Cherry. They had two children together. The last was born in 1822. He went by the name Samuel Turner. But, he later died. Both Cherry and Nat properties were sold. Nat was sold for the price of four hundred dollars and Cherry was sold for forty dollars. Even the children were sold. They were so happy that they were not sold to farms where the slaves were work really hard, nearly to death.
Turner took his religion seriously. He was a preacher and he preached at many different black churches. The white slave owners like the fact that he was a preacher because they thought that they could learn better from one of there kind. As a young man, he began having visions that he believed were from God. Turner had three visions prior to the rebellion in 1831. In 1821,he had his first vision, after he had run away. He had hid in the woods and he was determine...
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... He was on the run and he got away for about six weeks. He hit out in many different places before he was captured. When he was captured, he was put in prison. November 5, 1831 was the day when he was sentenced to be put to death. But on November 11, 1831, the whites skinned and hung him for everyone to see. Although he is was gone physically, slaves admired him for what he did for them. He was never forgotten and he inspired a lot of people to go against slavery. As a result of the insurrection, Virginia debated about ending slavery but the state did not agree with the end of slavery.
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