Monday, August 21, 2017

ON THIS DAY.. #NatTurner LAUNCHED a VIOLENT slave rebellion in Virginia! [details]

ON THIS DAY in 1831, Nat Turner launched a violent slave rebellion in Virginia resulting in the deaths of at least 55 whites.

On August 21st, 1831, in Southampton Virginia, Turner, a slave preacher, led a slave uprising that rocked the United States and the slave industry. Although it would also be the most violently suppressed slave rebellion, it’s rise created a great division among America’s elite over the vulnerability and practicality slavery.

Lasting three days, 55 to 65 people were killed in the rebellion. It was the largest and deadliest slave uprising in U.S. history. In the aftermath, 56 slaves were accused for being part of the rebellion and killed along with 20 slaves and free African Americans murdered by militias and mobs. As a result, laws were passed in the South that prohibited slaves and free Blacks from being educated.

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