Nat Turner Essay

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Nat Turner

What was the importance of Nat Turner and where does he stand in American history? Nat Turner is an American slave, who has been forgotten about in history as well in the hearts of African-Americans. He led and organized one of the bloodiest slave rebellions in American history. This rebellion was ""¦the rebellion that served to change the course of American history in the three decades before the Civil War" (Goldman 10). 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 ...view middle of the document...

        In 1821, Nat had decided to run away from his master and to live as a fugitive. While on the run, he met his future wife, Cherry, who was also a slave that was working on the Turner's farm. As time went by, after 30 days has passed Nat had returned to the plantation on his own freewill. Because of his return "Nat said, "the reason of my return was, that the Spirit appeared to me and said I had wishes directed to the things of this world, and not to the Kingdom of Heaven, and that I should return to the service of my earthly master" " (Goldman 60). With his return, Nat went unpunished and was returned to his daily work.

        In 1822, a tragedy bestowed upon the Turner's family. Nat master, Samuel Turner, had died and with this it had resulted in separating up his family. With the separation, "Nat's mother was told to stay with Samuel Turner's daughter on the Turner's farm, while Nat was sold to one farmer and his wife was sold to another" (Bisson 28, 29). In this Nat was also lucky, because his owner, " Thomas Moore, was a neighbor of Giles Resse, who had became the owner of his wife and children" (Bisson 39). While he was working for his new owner, Thomas Moore, he was also busy planning for his liberation.

         From 1825-1830, Turner served as a preacher because it gave him the right to travel around to different plantations. Also in 1825 he had received his second vision, this vision was full of conflict, struggle, and liberation. He saw "white spirits and black spirits engaged in battle"¦and the sun was darkened-the thunder rolled in the heavens and the blood flowed in streams"¦" (Bisson 41). Soon after, he had received his third vision and soon after the vision Nat waited for came to him while he was working in the field. "Nat discovered, he says, drops of blood on the corn "as though it were dew from heaven." As he walked in the woods, he found leaves with hieroglyphics and " numbers, with the forms of men in different attitudes, portrayed in blood, and representing the figures I had seen before in heavens"" (Goldman 64). Then on May 12th 1828 he had received his first sign, a noise that came from above. After the noise, he stated "the Spirit instantly appeared to me and said the Serpent was loosened, and Christ had laid down the yoke he had borne for the sins of men, and that I should take it on and fight against the Serpent, for the time was fast approaching when the first should be last and the last should be first" (Bisson 55). Later on during the year, his master, Thomas Moore, died and he was now the property of a nine year old, Putnam Moore, his son. As months pass by, Nat had finally found what he was looking for on February 1831, which was an eclipse of the sun. With the eclipse of the sun Nat had chosen 20 people, which he had trusted, to be apart of his rebellion that...

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