Nat Turner Slave Rebellion

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Slave Rebellions Although, Slave revolts were rare, there were still some slaves that sought to better the lives of themselves and others. Three of the major slave revolts were the Prosser, Turner, and Vessey rebellions. They all happened years apart, but were very similar. All three of the leaders, Gabriel Prosser, Nat Turner, and Denmark Vessey; lead relatively nice lives as opposed to fellow slaves. Gabriel Vessey was educated and read the Bible. He also was a “hired-out” slave, which meant he could leave the plantation and work somewhere for money. Being aloud to obtain money he could eventually buy his freedom. Denmark Vessey was a free slave who won $1500 in a city lottery. He opened his own carpentry shop and prospered. Nat Turner,…show more content…
Nat Turner’s rebellion was in Southampton, South Carolina. Southampton was predominately black which helped contribute to the number of slaves who helped out. Gabriel Prosser was in Virginia and had the help of some white workers. Demark Vessey was in South Carolina as well. The only revolt that was successful though, was Nat Turner’s. In the end he and his men killed around fifty to sixty white people. Neither Prosser’s nor Vessey’s rebellions were set into motion due to the plot being leaked and them being taken over. Even though, Prosser and Vessey’s rebellions never happened they were sentenced to death along with Turner. Had Prosser’s plot not been leaked he planed to take over Norfolk and Albemarle after killing the whites. Vessey’s idea was similar except he planed to take over Charleston. Although, all the leaders were relatively well treated, they all believed it was their duty to free their fellow slaves. Nat Turner had read the Bible and seen “visions” telling him to plan a revolt. The signs he had seen included an eclipse and a blue moon. Turner was referred to as “the prophet.” Many slaves followed him in his revolt, a total of about forty to fifty joined in the killing
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