What can you say about the revolts of Nat Turner and Denmark Vesey?

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There are, of course, many things that could be said about these slave rebellions.  Let us look at three things, one of which they have in common, one of which distinguishes them from one another, and a third that does a little of both.

What these two rebellions had in common (outside of being caused by hatred of slavery) was that they were both motivated in many ways by religious factors.  Both Vesey and Turner were religious leaders within their respective communities.  Both felt that they had been called by God to do what they did.

What was very different about the two rebellions was their location.  Vesey was a free black living in Charleston, which was a large city for that time.  By contrast, Turner was a plantation slave.  His rebellion took place in the countryside.

Finally, the two rebellions are both similar and different in their level of success.  Turner’s rebellion actually got started and succeeding in killing a large number of white people.  Vesey’s rebellion was betrayed before it started.  This is a major difference, but the two had the same result in that neither of them resulted in any sort of loosening of the grip of slavery on their societies.

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Nat Turner’s Rebellion

  • (1831) it was a Virginia slave revolt that resulted in the deaths of 60 whites (mostly women and children) and raised fears among white southerners of further uprisings. Nat turner was a visionary black preacher.

Denmark Vesey’s Rebellion

  • Denmark Vesey was a free slave who organized a plot to fight the white slave owners. Led a rebellion in Charleston. Betrayed by informers. 30 followers were hanged!! He led a slave uprising in Charleston, South Carolina. Denmark Vesey's plan was to attack the arsenals in Charleston and seize the weapons. During that uprising 130 black’s slaves were arrested and brought to trial. This created a fear in other slave owners who were scared that their slaves might rebel too.