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Interview with Nat Turner
- In response to questions from a white lawyer named Thomas R. Gray, Nat Turner explains why he led his revolt against slavery.
- Nat Turner was born October 2, 1800 in Southampton County, Virginia on the farm of Benjamin Turner. According to legend, his mother tried to kill him as soon as he was born to spare him a life of slavery, but she was tied to her bed until she calmed down.
Southampton Slave Revolt
- Early in the morning of August 22, 1831, a band of eight black slaves, led by a lay preacher named Nat Turner, entered the Travis house in Southampton County, Virginia and killed five members of the Travis family. This was the beginning of a slave uprising that was to become known as Nat Turner's rebellion.
The Confessions of Nat Turner
- Agreeable to his own appointment, on the evening he was committed to prison, with permission of the jailer, I visited NAT on Tuesday the 1st November, when, without being questioned at all, he commenced his narrative in the following words:
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