Nat Turner

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Appun Pettway Mr. Cherella American History 26 Nov. 01 Nat Turner What was the importance of Nat Turner and where does he stand in American history? Nat Turner is an American slave, who has been forgotten about in history as well in the hearts of African-Americans. He led and organized one of the bloodiest slave rebellions in American history. This rebellion was ""¦the rebellion that served to change the course of American history in the three decades before the Civil War" (Goldman 10). Within this paper, it is to analyze on his impact on the nation.

        Nat Turner was a slave son, who was born on October 2, 1800 in Southampton County, Virginia, to Benjamin Turner. When Nat was born, Bisson pointed out "according to legend, his mother was so determined not to subject him to a life of slavery that she tried to kill him as soon as he was born" (15). When Nat was the age of ""¦three or four years old his parents were already certain that one day he "surely would be a prophet"" (Goldman 16).

As young Nat grew up, he knew his childhood life with the young white boys was coming to an end and soon he will start his new life of slavery. So while still young and free, he had took the opportunity of his childhood to learn how to read and write.

        In 1809, When Nat was nine years old, his family and him were moved to another plantation to work. Nat and his mother were lent to work on Samuel Turner's plantation, Benjamin oldest son. Then in 1810, Nat master, Benjamin Turner died in a typhoid epidemic and soon after his wife Elizabeth, had become ill and died. After the death of his master, Nat, his mother, and his grandmother were now the legal property...