The Legacy Of Nat Turner Massacre

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Register to read the introduction… This triggered a massive mobilization of local militia in Virginia and North Carolina. Up to 3,000 militia men were called to action upon the sixty to eighty black rebels (The Legacy of Nat Turner 1801-1831). The militia men were outraged by the violence being inflicted on the women and children, which resulted in the whites causing a slaughter of their own. The harsh reactions, towards the slaves, received during the hunt for Turner was used as a warning to the slaves to prevent another rebellion and to prove the power of the white society (Oates). At least 50 slaves were murdered during this time by means of being hung by chains, their bodies being dismembered; their heads cut off and put on the top on poles, or their body parts being taken home by white men as souvenirs (The Legacy of Nat Turner 1801-1831). As for public records of those, black and white, murdered during this time, the only names that are known are those of the white people. During the months of September and October every rebel was quickly killed or captured. Nearly 50 accused rebels went through trial in South Hampton County and out of the 50, …show more content…
For example, Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Dred in 1856 with the main character based off of Turner. In her story she confronted the question of ending slavery by violent means. She did; however, refuse to uphold someone that killed women and children, so she made her character come across as being much softer (The Legacy of Nat Turner 1801-1831). Yet, Fredrick Douglass said that Nat Turner and other Rebellion members were more the heirs of the American Revolution than the white people that celebrated the Fourth of July. while owning slaves (The Legacy of Nat Turner

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