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TURNER’S REBELLION 2
Turner’s Rebellion
Nat Turner and his 1831 rebellion are essential parts of history as they motivate
justice and equality. Nathanial Turner (1800-1831) was an enslaved African-American in
Southampton County in Virginia in 1831(Betz, 2020). He led a rebellion of the enslaved that
lasted four days. The rebellion’s purpose was Nat’s attempt, convinced by his unfounded
visions, to free the black people. The rebellion resulted in the whites’ slaughter by the rebels
who used knives, axes, and blunt objects. They did not use firearms as they were difficult to
collect and would have attracted attention. In retaliation, the white militia executed black
people, and many more were killed. Turner was found guilty of the insurrection and
sentenced to death on November 5, 1831, aged 31 years old.
Turners rebellion is an entailed occurrence about slavery and the persecution of black
people. It proves that racism has existed for a long time in American history. It is an event
that should continuously be studied and referred to for remembrance of how harsh slaves
were treated. It gives purpose to those who continue to advocate for equal rights regardless of
race. Although Turners actions set overwhelming legislation that prohibited education,
assembly, and movement of slaves, it set off an important lesson. Sending terror throughout
the white south displayed the slaves were not incapable of standing up against oppression.
That the blacks were not docile, and their long time of suffering was bitter. It was the only
successful offensive against the white master. From this history, lessons can be picked that
the slaves too could learn to read and write. This is what enabled Turner to preach to others
and motivate them to revolt. He used the power of being educated.
From the rebellion, it can be seen the many flaws of Turner. He used unfounded
theories to motivate him to revolt. Turner talks about seeing signs through certain
atmospheric conditions. He believed he saw visions and messages from God. These signs

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Running head: TURNER’S REBELLION 1 Turner’s Rebellion Student Name Institutional Affiliation Date TURNER’S REBELLION 2 Turner’s Rebellion Nat Turner and his 1831 rebellion are essential parts of history as they motivate justice and equality. Nathanial Turner (1800-1831) was an enslaved African-American in Southampton County in Virginia in 1831(Betz, 2020). He led a rebellion of the enslaved that lasted four days. The rebellion’s purpose was Nat’s attempt, convinced by his unfounded visions, to free the black people. The rebellion resulted in the whites’ slaughter by the rebels who used knives, axes, and blunt objects. They did not use firearms as they were difficult to collect and would have attracted attention. In retaliation, the white militia executed black people, and many more were killed. Turner was found guilty of the insurrection and sentenced to death on November 5, 1831, aged 31 years old. Turner’s rebellion is an entailed occurrence about slavery and the persecution of black people. It proves that racism has existed for a long time in American history. It is an event that should continuously be studied and referred to for remembrance of how harsh sl ...
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