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Source: These confessions were narrated to lawyer Thomas R. Gray in prisonwhere Nat Turner was held after his capture on October 30, 1831. Hisconfessions were published on November 5, 1831 for his trial.
Document B (Modified)I am led to believe, from all that I can learn, that Nat Turner has beenplanning his mischief and disruption for quite some time. Afterpretending to be inspired to rebel by God, he made hisannouncement of rebellion to the Blacks. He has used every meansin his power, to gain control over the minds of the slaves. A dreamerof dreams and a would-be Prophet, he used all the arts familiar tosuch pretenders, to trick, confuse and overwhelm the slave’s minds.Source: Editor. "The Southampton Tragedy." The Richmond Enquirer. Virginia,27 September 1831.Document C (Modified)You had far better all die—die immediately, than live slaves, andthrow your misery upon your children. However much you and all ofus may desire it, there is not much hope of freedom without theshedding of blood. If you must bleed, let it all come at once--ratherdie freemen, than live to be slaves.The patriotic Nathaniel Turner was driven to desperation by thewrong and injustice of slavery. By force, his name has been recordedon the list of dishonor, but future generations will remember himamong the noble and brave.Source: Henry Highland Garnet speech, “An Address To The Slaves Of TheUnited States” (1843). Garnet’s speech was delivered at the National NegroConvention of 1843 held in Buffalo, New York. The convention drew 70delegates including leaders like Frederick Douglass.Citations:Thomas Gray, The Confessions of Nat Turner: The Leader of the Late Insurrections inSouthampton, Va. As Fully and Voluntarily Made to Thomas R. Gray, in the PrisonWhere He Was Confined, Nov. 5, 1831, For His Trial."The Southampton Tragedy." The Richmond Enquirer. Virginia, 27 September 1831.Henry Highland Garnet, “An Address To The Slaves Of The United States” (1843).