Nat Turner's Slave Rebellion Essay

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"Nat Turner's Southampton Slave Revolt and How it Paved the Way for the Abolitionist and

Civil Rights Movement "

Nat Turner was a man with a vision that would change America forever. His vision may

have not sounded right to the average person but to Nat Turner, he was on Earth to realize his vision.

Nat Turner is the most famous and most controversial slave rebel in American history, and he

remains a storm center of dispute("Fires of Jubilee" author Stephen B. Oates).

Nat Turner's slave revolt may have not been the greatest way to solve the problem of slavery,

but it did open many people's eyes. Slavery was an accepted practice in society but it was not a

humane or kind thing. The
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Young Nat continued to persevere and he worked through these rough times. He woke up

before the sunlight, to an unhealthy breakfast of corn mush, milked the cows, fed the hogs and

tended to the fields. Slavery was hard and because of the brilliance Nat displayed as a boy he

thought he would never be doing this, but he was. When not ending to the fields or feeding animals

Nat helped repair fences, and since Nat was a strong man he did much of the heavy lifting.

Although the slave life was bad, the slaves did there best to survive and try and keep their

mind off their hardships. It was when the slaves could get away from the crack of the Master's whip

and far away from the master's yelling. At night some slaves would gather around a fire with their

children and tell stories of freedom and sing songs. They would also speak about things they had

heard on the slave grapevines about slaves in other parts of the south planning revolts. At these

gatherings at night, Nat would shine. He would speak brilliantly to all of the slaves and he always

talked about the day that slaves would rise and claim their freedom. Nat would participate in

anything involving public speaking, and especially speaking to slaves about religion. Nat would

sneak books and read them, and from some of these books he learned how to make gunpowder.

Religion was still his greatest interest though. He was an acknowledged leader among the slaves

and whenever giving a

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