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Slavery . In Antebellum America 1800 - 1860. Should this person be commemorated?.

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  1. Slavery In Antebellum America 1800 - 1860

  2. Should this person be commemorated? “A principled man of faith, organized and led a rebellion against people that supported an activity that was deemed immoral and a crime against God. His leadership skills created a small band of followers that took up arms and defended their beliefs.”

  3. Nat Turner’s Rebellion Who? What? When? Where? Why?

  4. What is your interpretation?

  5. Evaluate your primary source • On Nat Turner’s Rebellion: Evaluating Historical Opinions • Complete the section that corresponds to your Source 1-6; and fill in the • Adjectives • Quotes • Term

  6. Jigsaw Share with the others in Sources 1-6 to complete worksheet

  7. What do we know about the sources? How do they impact the interpretation we develop?

  8. Who are the sources and the impact? The Richmond Enquirer and Richmond Whig, 1831 Both newspapers were published in a southern city and were read widely by planters throughout the region. Tended to promote the political views of the upper-class planters who paid to subscribe to the paper. Thomas R. Grey, The Confessions of Nat Turner, 1831. After his capture and arrest on October 30, 1831, Nat Turner was imprisoned in the Southampton County Jail, where he was interviewed by Thomas R. Gray, a Southern physician. Grey stated that only Turner’s words were recorded but in several instances Grey’s words appear in the “Confessions.”

  9. How does the author impact the interpretation? William S. Drewery, Slave Insurrections in Virginia, 1900. A white Virginian who grew up near the area of the rebellion. Read lots of primary sources, interviewed whites and blacks that knew people alive in 1831. He believed that slavery was a good thing that slaves were happy, and that slaves rarely rebelled. John W. Cromwell-“The Aftermath of Nat Turner’s Insurrection,” The Journal of Negro History, 1920. An African American teacher, writer, and political activist. Was one of the first to write in what will eventually be called African American History. Herbert Aptheker, American Negro Slave Revolts, 1943. Hated segregation and racial stereotypes, believed that slavery was exploitive and that slave rebellions occurred frequently. Was a committed socialist and believed that class antagonisms were important to understanding the past.

  10. Nat Turner’s Rebellion: A Historical Marker You have been commissioned by the state of Virginia Historical Trust to develop a historical marker that will be placed along the roadside adjacent to the area impacted by Nat Turner and his followers. You task is to develop the inscription for the marker that describes your interpretation of Nat Turner and his actions. Your inscription should take into account: 1. The specific factors involved in the event 2. The various reactions to Nat Turner (artistic and other)

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