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This Day In History: Nat Turner Was Killed After Leading A Slave Revolt

1831:  Slaves rebelling in Virginia during the revolt led by Nat Turner.  (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)
1831: Slaves rebelling in Virginia during the revolt led by Nat Turner. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)

On November 11th, 1831 Nat Turner leader of the slave revolt was hanged after leading a violent slave rebellion in Virginia.

He led the uprising on August 21st 1831, and successfully hid in the woods for six weeks. Turner believed he was chosen by God to relieve slaves from bondage. With a group of about 40 to 50 slaves, it's estimated around 55 white men women and children were killed during Turner's rebellion.

Turner's actions resulted in harsher slave laws in the South, but also helped push the abolitionist movement in the North.

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