The Significance of Nat Turner's Rebellion Analytical Essay by Nicky

The Significance of Nat Turner's Rebellion
An analysis of the significance and impact of Nat Turner's slave revolt.
# 148635 | 2,731 words | 4 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 28, 2011 in History (U.S. Before 1865) , African-American Studies (Slavery)

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The paper looks at the background of Nat Turner and describes what became known as Nat Turner's Rebellion. The paper outlines the Virginia militia's response to the rebellion and explains why Virginia whites would be so distraught about an ultimately unsuccessful slave rebellion. The paper discusses how what Nat Turner's rebellion made clear is that slaves were not content to live in bondage, and while the rebellion may have been unsuccessful as a revolt, it was one of the many puzzle pieces necessary to end the practice of slavery.

Nat Turner
Nat Turner's Rebellion
Virginia Militia's Response to the Rebellion

From the Paper:

"One of the most historically significant events in Virginia history began on August 21, 1831 in Southampton County, when a slave by the name of Nat Turner led a small group of slaves in the most successful slave revolt ever on United States' soil. As anyone familiar with American history knows, Nat Turner's Rebellion, as it came to be called, was ultimately unsuccessful. Despite plans to slaughter any whites that they encountered, thus preventing anyone from escaping and getting help to quash the rebellion, Turner and his followers committed a fatal mistake by permitting some people to live. The survivors did manage to seek help and the militia came in and killed all of the rebel slaves, and a significant portion of slaves in the area who had not participated in the rebellion. Nat Turner was captured and executed for his role in the rebellion."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Gray, T. (1831). The Confessions of Nat Turner, the leader of the late insurrection, in Southhampton (county). Retrieved April 06, 2009, from Web site:
  • Haggerty, R. ed. (1989). Haiti: a country study. Washington: GPO for the Library of Congress.
  • Lewis, R. (2009). Up from slavery: a documentary history of negro education. Retrieved April 07, 2009, from Chickenbones: A Journal. Web site:
  • Silvester, W. (2009). Nat Turner's rebellion: slave revolt in Virginia 1831. Retrieved April 06, 2009, from Suite 101. Web site:

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