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. Slavery was an accepted practice in society but it was not a
humane or kind thing. The cruel and unjust treatment by the slave masters in the 1800's led to Nat
Turner's slave revolt, which in turn led to the abolitionist movement.
Nat Turner was born on October 2, 1800 in the small town of Jerusalem in Southampton,
Virginia. Nat's mother Nancy was one of 400,000 native Africans brought to North America before
1808. While most of the Africans had come from West Africa, Nancy's was supposedly from in the
North's Nile River country("Fires of Jubilee"). Folk chroniclers say that slave traders or warlike
natives abducted Nancy when she was a teenager. She was thrust over to European slave traders
and crammed on a disease infested slave boat headed to the New World("Fires of Jubilee"). Nancy's
ship landed at Norfolk, Virginia around 1795. She then was herded more inland where slave traders
exhibited her at several slave auctions. Around 1799 Nancy was brought by Benjamin Turner and
her life on a plantation began. Not long after Nancy had arrived at the plantation, she married
another slave whose name is unknown("Fires of Jubilee"). Their union produced Nathaniel "Nat"
Turner. In Hebrew this name meant "the gift of God.” Nancy did not want to bring her young son
up as a slave so she tried to kill him. The slave owners punished Nancy for trying this and shackled
her for a lengthy period.
As Nancy watched Nat get a little older, she noticed that she had a special child. She was
extremely proud of her young son Nat. Nat was bright, and quick to learn and he stood out from the
rest of the children. In one instance, Nancy overheard a conversation Nat was having with some of
his playmates. He was telling them of a story that had taken place long before he had been born,
yet he told the story like he was there. Nancy asked young Nat "Did anyon...
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...rocess of abolishing slavery. The climax of the steps was President
Lincoln's "Emancipation Proclamation.” Nat Turner's slave revolt and the abolitionist movement
really helped bring an end to the cruel and unjust reality of slavery. Without the Nat Turner slave
revolt the abolitionist movement would have never come about. Some critics complain that the
revolt was very violent and unnecessary, but so was slavery. The slave revolt opened America’s
eyes to the ills of slavery and paved the way for less violent revolutions such as the Black Muslim
uprising and the Civil Rights non-violence movement.
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5. Oates, Stephen B.; Fires of Jubilee; Nobles, Turner and Smith, Los Angeles, California
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