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Slavery Revolts and Resistance to Slavery

Slavery Revolts and Resistance to Slavery. By: Ryan and Rosario. Nat Turner. Nat Turner:. Was born in Southampton county, Virginia. Turner became a Baptist Preacher. He claimed that God gave him visions and that he was chosen from God to led out a rebellion.

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Slavery Revolts and Resistance to Slavery

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  1. Slavery Revolts and Resistance to Slavery By: Ryan and Rosario

  2. Nat Turner Nat Turner: • Was born in Southampton county, Virginia. • Turner became a Baptist Preacher. • He claimed that God gave him visions and that he was chosen from God to led out a rebellion. • Visions that had led to the rebellion: • After running away, he saw a spirit that told him to return to his master. So 30 days later he returned back. • He saw lights in the sky. He prayed for the clarification of that vision. So he then discovered that the corn was filled with drops of blood. • The last sign was when a spirit appeared to him telling him that the serpent was loosened and that he had to fight against it.

  3. Nat Turner's Rebellion • Nat Turner had to take action. Along with other four men they began to plan a strategy for the insurrection. • The rebellion was going to start on the 4th of July, but was postponed for August 21, 1831 because Nat turner got sick. • Turner along with other slaves went on through the town and killed 55 people mostly women and children. • Nat Turner was discovered and captured on October 30. He was sentenced for execution.

  4. The Consequences of the Rebellion • Over 200 black people were killed by white mobs. Some of the blacks had nothing to do with the rebellion. • The blacks were more oppressed than before. • State legislatures passed laws that prohibited anyone from teaching slaves to read and write. • The security act was passed which allowed all the whites to carry firearms to church on Sundays. They also passed laws that prohibited blacks to carry firearms. • The slaves owners restricted the African American gatherings.

  5. Year  1739 1800 1811 1822 1831 1835-38 1835-38 Major Revolts

  6. What were the Vesey Conspiracy? • Denmark Vesey was a free slave carpenter. • He was from Charleston, South Carolina. • Denmark Vesey led his conspiracies in the year of 1822. • Vesey regularly referred to Biblical stories that would represent the slave oppression. • The rebellion was not accomplished as Vesey wanted because he was betrayed by blacks who told their masters. • Some whites also participated in the Vesey plot. They were mainly white immigrants who encouraged the blacks to revolt. These people received fines while the blacks were deported or prisoned.

  7. Consequences of the Vesey Conspiracy • They used the trials not only to punish those slaves who were part of the conspiracy, but to also terrorize the rest of the black community. • 35 blacks were executed – they were hanged. Others were deported from the state. The rest received public whippings. • The Vesey conspiracy showed the whites that blacks would stand up to fight a holy war against them.

  8. What was the Prosser conspiracy? • Gabriel was a blacksmith in Virginia. • He was part of two major plot one in 1800 and the other one in 1802. • He led the armed insurrection • Gabriel and the slaves were not able to go on with the revolt because some of the slaves informed their masters about this plot. Consequences: • All the leaders were hanged and the oppression grew against them. • 35 slaves were executed.

  9. The Underground Railroad • The Underground Railroad was a a method used from the slaves to resist slavery. • The underground Railroad was more of a network of routes to escape from slavery. This routes were from the south to the north, to California, and to Canada. • The Underground Railroad was used from 1830- 1865 • Many slaves risked their lives by using this kind of resistance • It is estimated that about 1,000 slaves were running away from the south every year out of 4 million slaves. • There was many heroic figures from this underground railroad such as Harriet Tubman.

  10. Methods used by Slaves to resist Slavery • One method they used was to mutilate their fingers, toes, hands, and feet. They did this in order to avoid work. • They committed suicide by food poisoning or by hunger strikes. • They would murder their masters. • They will burn all the plantations and steal tools for all the harsh treatments they were receiving. • The slaves also pretended to be sick. The slave women pretended that they were pregnant. • The slaves would work really slow on their obligations causing their masters to always be more harsh.

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