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Nat Turner's Conspiracy and Revolt

Victor, Orville J. (Orville James), History of American conspiracies: a record of treason, insurrection, rebellion & c., in the United States of America, from 1760 to 1860. (published [1863]), New York, N.Y. : J. D. Torrey, [1863]

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division

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Nat Turner's Conspiracy and Revolt

Born in 1800 in Southampton, Virginia Nat Turner had grown up thinking that he had been ordained by God to free the enslaved. With six other men, he met in the woods on the plantation of his new owner Joseph Travis and they launched a revolt on August 21, 1831. After killing their owner and his family, they went from plantation to plantation to rally others. Between 60 and 75 men followed them, and everywhere, they killed their owners. A militia of 3,000 was sent against them and the rebellion was quickly put down. About 55 whites had been killed. Fifty-five rebels were hung immediately.