An Analysis Of Nat Turner's Anti-Slave Rebellion

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Nat Turner is known for leading the most effective and violent slave rebellion in the nation’s history. This passage is an excerpt from The Confessions of Nat Turner, in which he provides explanation for initiating the revolt in 1831. It speaks to his life as a slave, his relationship with God and the events of the rebellion itself. Although the validity of this account is up for debate since it was recorded and published by Turner’s lawyer, it remains to be one of the only narratives of his intentions. He was born a slave in 1800 and was sold three times before being hired out to Joseph Travis. While enslaved, his slave master, allowed him to learn to read and write. Nat Turner remembers, even as a child, being selected for a special purpose. At a young age he considered himself a prophet, recalling that the Lord had shown him things and spoke with him throughout his life. Nat Tuner became a preacher and led group meetings at the plantation that enslaved him. On the night of August 1831, he led seventy-five slaves in a rebellions that would leave fifty-seven whites dead, including women and children.…show more content…
During the 1930’s the United States was in the midst of fulfilling their manifest destiny. Expansion westward brought on new struggles in the fight against slavery. Tensions were continuously growing between abolitionists and slave supporters. According to The Confessions of Nat Turner, Nat Turner considered the rebellion to be an atonement for the sins of men and a day of

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