Effects Of Nat Turner Rebellion

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Slavery in the United States tore the nation in two. Slaves started to rebel against their slave owners through acts of both nonviolent and violent rebellion, which played an enormous role in the abolitionist movement. The social, political, and economic impact of the rebellions reached far beyond the Civil War, giving black Americans a newfound identity.
A day in the life of a slave was tiring. They worked from sunrise to sunset and rarely had a day off, if lucky once a month. They would spend their limited free time mending their huts, relaxing and making pots and pans. The slaves were not allowed to read or write, and only some were allowed to go to church. They had no choice, no freedom and no money. They had to do exactly what their
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Turner was deeply religious, and planned his rebellion after he experienced prophetic visions ordering him to gain his freedom by force. On August 21, 1831, Turner and his accomplices killed his master’s family as they lay sleeping. From there, the small band of about 70 slaves moved from house to house, eventually killing over 50 whites with clubs, knives and muskets. It took a militia force to put down the rebellion, and Turner and 55 other slaves were captured and executed by the state. It Impacted the whole region, after Nat Turner’s revolt, around 200 slaves were eventually killed by white mobs and militias. It also started a series of oppressive restrictions on slave population. ““The result proves that the plan was the attempt of a fanatic or madman, which could only end in failure; and its temporary success was owing to the panic and confusion he succeeded in creating by magnifying his numbers." Nat turner’s revolt pushes the slave policing system in the south to its limits. When a slave would run away every time the slaves got caught there was a new punishment, first time: whipped, second time: a 'R ' burned into your cheek and so on. This was brutal for the slaves. The slave owners would also burn down their barns. There was a law that white men had to carry guns when they went to church, as many slaves had Sunday off and they thought that if there ever were to be an act of rebellion that it would happen on Sunday when the whites were gathered in church. That ended up actually happening in 1739, a work crew on the Stono River got to a store, diapered the owner, put his head on a stick and took all the guns. This happened during harvest season, when the slaves were being made to work the hardest. People started to join them; they killed white people and burnt down

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