A Rebellion To Remember Essay

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What makes something memorable? Is it the effect it has on history and our lives today? Maybe it is due to incomparable statistics or extreme scenarios that cause people to notice and remember. A man named Nat Turner made history, one hundred eighty three years ago, for leading one of the bloodiest slave rebellions ever in America. Discover the uprising, demise, and aftermath of the life of Nat, as well as how his rebellion instigated a cause of the Civil War.
On October 2, 1800, on Benjamin Turners plantation in Southampton Country, Virginia, little Nathanial (or Nat) was born. Although he was a slave, he was taught how to read and write, and was said to be deeply “religious”. He believed God had chosen him to bring justice in this nation and abolish slavery. In 1825 he claimed he had a vision and he declared, “I saw white spirits and black spirits engaged in battle and the sun was darkened- the thunder rolled in the heavens, and blood flowed in the streams.” Five years later he was moved to Joseph Travis’ plantation, and he had stated that he had no complaints against his master. But in the February of 1831 a solar eclipse occurred, and Nat Turner had a notion in his head that this was his sign from God for him to start this rebellion.
Exactly thirty years before the Civil War, on August 21, 1831, Nat Turner, and several other slaves he had recruited, set out on this insurrection. Beginning their revolt, the troop first killed the owner of Nat Turner and his family at two in the morning as they slept. They persisted in their scheme, killing every white they encountered and gathering all their arms and forces from them. As they continued the group enlarged, and they gathered up about 40 other slaves. Midday of the 22nd, the mass planned to overtake the armory in the nearest town of Jerusalem, yet they were confronted by militia in front of the city. This scattered the rebels and...

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