Nat Turner: Slave Revolt Leader (Black Americans of by Terry Bisson

By Terry Bisson

A biography of the slave and preacher who, believing that God sought after him to unfastened the slaves, led an incredible rebel in 1831.

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Other abolitionists only believed in “moral persuasion” and never broke the law or threatened violence against the slaveowners. Some combined both methods—such as the Quakers, who would hide escaped slaves but would refuse to fight. Some whites were against slavery without advocating freedom for blacks or equal rights. Many of these whites simply thought it best to ship all of the blacks in America back to Africa. They hated slavery only because they saw that it was ultimately dangerous to the whites.

Widow Turner and a visiting neighbor tried to lock themselves inside the kitchen, but their efforts were of no use. The door was bashed down with an axe and both women were killed. By the time that daylight came and the other white slaveowners were beginning to wake up, the rebels had become a full company of 15 armed men, 9 of them mounted. Turner split up his forces, sending six men to one farm and nine to another. At each farm, what he later called “the work of death” was gruesome. The rebellion still had not yet turned into a full-fledged fight, however: The rebels still had the advantages of speed and surprise.

Q 8/10/04 7:23 AM Page 33 “Prophet Nat” In his Appeal, Walker called American slavery the cruelest and most hypocritical system that had ever existed because it dehumanized its victims while flourishing in a so-called democracy. In particular, he had nothing but scorn for the white abolitionists who wanted to rid the country of blacks. “America is our country more than it is the whites,” he said. ” Circulated chiefly by the author himself, Walker’s Appeal was a direct call to his enslaved brethren in the South to strike boldly at their oppressors: Should the lives of such creatures be spared?

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