The Slave Rebellion By Thomas R. Gray Essay

980 Words Nov 6th, 2015 4 Pages
After the Nat Turner slave rebellion, panic was set throughout the South. Slaveholders lived in fear that their slaves would rebel as well, so they inflicted fear into the slaves by punishing them and keeping them in their “proper place as submissive servants.” Additionally, there was a push for all free African Americans to be moved out of the state immediately, because they gave inspiration to African American slaves to revolt against their masters. However, another outcome of this rebellion was for the emancipation of African American slaves in the state of Virginia. This caused exorbitant, heated debates between antislavery and proslavery representatives. In the end, the appeal for emancipation, even gradual emancipation, was denied, but the questions on whether or not slavery was a reasonable practice was highlighted. Thomas R. Gray, a friend of some of the deceased and a former slaveholder, interviewed Nat Turner about the rebellion that ended the lives of fifty-five white people of all categories, to convince people that slavery was not problem--one crazy man was. Since, Gray was the man to physically write The Confessions of Nat Turner and therefore influenced the documents to appeal to his audience and agenda.
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