Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Nathaniel turner
Nathaniel Turner Nat was born on Oct. 2nd, 1800. He was a American slave who led a slaveuprising in Virginia on Aug. 21st, 1831 that ended in 60 slaver deaths & at least 100 slave deaths.
Nat Turner Part 2• He gained followers in Southampton County, Virginia. Turner was imprisoned, & hung to death. In the aftershock, the state executed 56 slaves accused of having a role in Turner’s uprising. 200 African Americans were also beaten & killed by white militiamen & mob men reacting with revenge. Across Virginia & other southern states, state legislators made new laws forbidding education of African Americans, limiting rights of assembly & other civil rights for African Americans, & requiring white ministers to be present at African American worship services.
Nat Turner part 3• At birth on Oct. 2nd, 1800, Turner’s master recorded only his first name, Nat, although he may have had a last name inside the slave community. In accordance w/ common method, the slavers referred to him by the last name of his master, Benjamin Turner. This method was continued by historians. Turner knew little about the history of his father, who was believed to have escaped from slavery when Turner was a young boy. Turner stayed close to his paternal grandmother, Old Bridget, who was also owned by Benjamin Turner.
Nat Turner part 4• Turner’s maternal grandmother was 1 of the Coromantee from present-day Ghana, a group popular for slave uprisings. She was caught in Africa at 13 years old & imported to America. Turner spent his life in Southampton County, Virginia, a predominantly African American area. After the uprising, a reward notice described Turner as: 5ft 6 or 8in tall, 150-160ibs, rather bright complexion, but not a mulatto, broad shoulders, larger flat nose, large eyes, broad flat feet, rather knockkneed, walks brisk & active, hair on the top of the head very thin, no beard, except on the upper lip & the top of the chin, a scar on one of his temples, also one on the back of his neck, a large knot on one of the bones of his right arm, near the wrist, produced by a blow.
Nat Turner part 5• Turner had “natural intelligence & swiftness of apprehension, surpassed by few.” He learned to read & write at a young age. Deeply religious, Nat was commonly seen fasting, praying, or immersed in reading the Holy Bible. He frequently had prophecies which he interpreted as messages from God. These prophecies greatly inspired his life; for example, when Turner was 22 yrs. Old, he ran away from his master, but returned a month later after having such a prophecy. Turner often conducted Baptist services, preaching the Holy Bible to his fellow slaves, who nicknamed him “The Prophet”.