Nat Turner Rebellion

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Nat Turner's rebellion was a watershed moment in the history of American slavery. Using primary source documents and images, budding historians consider how people reacted to the uprising of enslaved people. Once finished, they consider the legacies of the revolt through primary sources, such as slave codes, the reactions of enslaved people, and the writings of those who owned enslaved people.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Ask pupils to consider the various reactions to the Nat Turner rebellion using primary source documents and analytical worksheets
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson presumes learners have read a graphic novel about Nat Turner, which is not named in the resource, or have some background about the rebellion
  • Some images and descriptions depict violence
  • Primary source accounts include a variety of perspectives
  • Analytical worksheets and excerpted primary sources are ready to use
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