A Clear Signal for Change: Multiple Interpretations and Nat Turner’s Rebellion

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Was Nat Turner a hero or a violent criminal? Using primary sources and images that discuss the rebellion of enslaved people he led in antebellum Virginia, scholars consider the question. Then, they create memorials to Turner and decide—based on the record—how people should remember him.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create the text for an historical marker to commemorate Nat Turner
  • Examine and analyze primary sources using the worksheets provided as a way to scaffold
Classroom Considerations

  • Images and descriptions of an armed uprising of enslaved people may be disturbing to some learners
Pros

  • Application of learning builds critical thinking skills
  • Primary sources are carefully curated and easy for learners to digest
Cons

  • None