How did Nat Turner's rebellion show African American resistance to slavery?

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Nat Turner's rebellion showed the least common kind of African-American rebellion against slavery--overt and violent rebellion.

In Nat Turner's rebellion, Turner and a group of followers, most of whom were slaves, rebelled against whites in their area.  Motivated in large part by anger over the slave system, they killed more than 50 white people.  This was the deadliest slave rebellion in the history of the United States.

Nat Turner's rebellion was very much the exeception in terms of African-American resistance to slavery.  Most rebellion was much less overt and was not violent.  There were relatively few cases in which slaves were actually able to kill white people on any sort of large scale.