K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

ATTENTION USERS

LEARN NC is no longer supported by the UNC School of Education and has been permanently archived. On February 1st, 2018, you will only be able to access these resources through the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. We recommend that you print or download resources you may need before February 1st, 2018, after which, you will have to follow these instructions in order to access those resources.

Narrow your search

Resources tagged with slavery and slave insurrections are also tagged with these keywords. Select one to narrow your search or to find interdisciplinary resources.

The Confessions of Nat Turner
The book by Thomas R. Gray, allegedly containing the prison "confession" of Nat Turner, an enslaved man who led an 1831 insurrection in Southampton, Virginia.
Format: book/primary source
"Fear of Insurrection"
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 9.3
Excerpt from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, by Harriet Jacobs, in which the author recalls the hysteria in Edenton, North Carolina, after Nat Turner's Rebellion. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Horrid Massacre in Virginia
Horrid Massacre in Virginia
Composite of scenes of Nat Turner's rebellion. Caption reads: The Scenes which the above Plate is designed to repesent are -- Fig. 1. A Mother intreating for the lives of her Children. -- 2. Mr Travis, cruelly murdered by his own Slaves. -- 3....
Format: image/illustration
Hysteria in Wilmington
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 9.8
Excerpt from the diary of Moses Ashley Curtis, a Wilmington tutor. Curtis describes the response of Wilmington residents to the threat of a slave insurrection in September, 1831, after Nat Turner's Rebellion. Includes historical commentary.
Format: diary/primary source
Insurrections in North Carolina?
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 9.7
Article from a Raleigh newspaper reporting alleged slave insurrections in North Carolina, and white responses to these rumors, following Nat Turner's Rebellion in 1831. Includes historical commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
Nat Turner's Rebellion
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 9.1
In 1831, Nat Turner, an enslaved man in Southampton, Virginia, led an insurrection in which a small band of slaves and free African Americans killed fifty-five whites. After the revolt, white militias and mobs hunted down blacks suspected of taking part in this or other insurrections, and southern states passed harsh new laws restricting the freedoms of both slaves and free blacks.
Format: article
By L. Maren Wood and David Walbert.
North Carolina in the New Nation
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the early national period (1790–1836). Topics include the development of state government and political parties, agriculture, the Great Revival, education, the gold rush, the growth of slavery, Cherokee Removal, and battles over internal improvements and reform.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Remembering Nat Turner
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 9.10
A poem published in an African American newspaper, 1884, remembering Nat Turner as a hero. Includes historical commentary.
Format: poetry/primary source
Reporting on Nat Turner: The North Carolina Star, Sept. 1
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 9.4
Article from a Raleigh newspaper reporting the events of Nat Turner's Rebellion in 1831. Includes historical commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Reporting on Nat Turner: The Raleigh Register, Sept. 1
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 9.5
Article from a Raleigh newspaper reporting the events of Nat Turner's Rebellion in 1831. Includes historical commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Reporting on Nat Turner: The Raleigh Register, Sept. 15
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 9.6
Article from a Raleigh newspaper reporting the events of Nat Turner's Rebellion in 1831. Includes historical commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
"A sickening state of things"
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 9.9
Letter from Rachel Lazarus of Wilmington, North Carolina, to Eliza Mordecai of Mobile, Alabama. The writer describes the supposed plot of a slave insurrection in southeastern North Carolina and concludes that whites must live in fear until slavery is ended. Includes historical commentary.
Format: letter/primary source