Nat Turner was born into slavery, in South Hampton County, on October 2nd, 1800. He was a preacher that believed he was sent to lead people out of slavery. On August 21st, 1831, he led one of the most violent slave rebellions in American history. After six weeks in hiding, he was caught and hung for the atrocities carried out under his direction. The purpose of his rebellion was to help end slavery, but the results the slaves faced were the complete opposite. He was born on the Virginia plantation of Benjamin Turner. On his plantation he was allowed to be taught how to read, write, and learned about religion. Turner claimed that as a child he was able to describe things that happened before he was born, resulting in people claiming
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On August 21, 1831, Turner and his supporters began their revolt against white slave owners beginning with the killing of his owners, the Travis family (Aptheker). Turner gathered more supporters, growing to a group of up to 60 to 80 slaves, as he and his men continued their murderous killing spree throughout the county side. As slaves, they were unable to recruit weapons, so they secured the arms of those they killed. In total there were about 55 white men, women and children killed during Turner's rebellion (The Legacy of Nat Turner 1801-1831).
On August 21st, 1831, Nat Turner led a group of men from farm house to farm house with the purpose to kill every white person they encountered. 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