NAT TURNER’S REVOLT, AUGUST 1831

NAT TURNER’S REVOLT, AUGUST 1831

 

Oft–exaggerated reports of the insurrection—some said that hundreds of whites had been killed—sparked a wave of anxiety across the South. Several states called special emergency sessions of the legislature, and most strengthened their slave codes in order to limit the education, movement and assembly of slaves. While supporters of slavery pointed to the Turner rebellion as evidence that blacks were inherently inferior barbarians requiring an institution such as slavery to discipline them, the increased repression of southern blacks would strengthen anti–slavery feeling in the North through the 1860s amd intensify the regional tensions building toward civil war.

Forms of Rebellion (3min) TV-PG

Under threat of punishment, enslaved families found small ways to rebel against an oppressive system.

source: History.com

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