Who was Nat Turner?

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Nat Turner was a slave who lived in the early 1800s in Virginia.  He is famous because he led the biggest slave rebellion that ever happened in the United States.  This rebellion occurred in 1828.

Turner believed that God had called him to lead a rebellion against the whites who had enslaved Turner and his fellow African Americans.  He belived that God sent him a sign telling him to start the rebellion in August of 1828.  The rebellion was the most lethal in US history.  More than 50 whites were killed during the first few days of the rebellion.  Turner managed to elude capture for 6 weeks but was finally caught and executed.

His rebellion led the South to abandon all ideas of emancipating slaves and to impose a harsher system of slavery.  It also made them angry at the abolitionists from the North who had, they thought, helped to incite the rebellion.

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