John Floyd Analysis

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The source I’m going to be looking at to best approach my paper is, The Life and Diary of John Floyd. In this diary, Floyd takes us on his daily reality being governor and insights on his personal opinions. The area of focus in this lengthy diary will be starting at he refers to the “Twenty-ninth day of August 1831” and continues even after the death of Nat Turner, in November of the same year. In the diary, Floyd mentions the process of capturing and what his intended goal is in punishment to anyone who played a part in the rebellion. Floyd touches on his battle with following the constitution but not being in the right situation to do so. He also touches on a lot of outside influence that played a factor in the case. This new idea of liberty to the slaves was being speculated and he mentions his concern. Entering the new year, 1832 a new election is at works but most importantly the emancipation of slaves is still being pushed.…show more content…
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Success to Nat Turner and the men apart of the rebellion will not be the same as the success of a white slave owner living in the South. This topic interested me because in almost all my American history classes there's always that one question that comes up on what more slaves could’ve done to rebel; and if things would’ve been different if they did. I do understand where the question stems from, but I do believe many of those thoughts come about mainly because movements small and big like this one aren’t really talked about and analyzed the way they should
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