Nat Turner led the largest slave uprising the South would see until the Civil War. The infamy of the event has led to multiple interpretations of Turner as a historical figure. By sourcing and corroborating accounts, students consider whether Turner was a hero or a madman.

[Original Documents updated 5/04/15.]


Thanks for the heads up on the video clip. I will use it as well.....
Which clip from the movie did you show?
Great lesson - students worked hard to patch together some sort of portrait of Nat Turner using the sources. This exercise is very well thought out and generated great discussions. The piece of writing at the end was also a useful exercise and brought home to me how much more practice many of my 8th graders need with sourcing. I also showed sections of the YouTube video other users mentioned, which was a fun and thought-provoking capstone to the day.
Hi RemixG - As a rule we don't provide answer keys for our lessons. We try to make our questions narrowly tailored, so the answers are readily available to educators. If you come across any questions that are unclear, please let us know.
Is there an answer key for any of this?
I opened up this lesson with a short clip from "Nat Turner - A Troublesome Property." It's on YouTube. It introduces the topic very effectively.
I teach at an alternative school in Washington DC and this so far has been one of my students' favorite lesson. The graphic organizer is fantastic and always the students to understand sourcing and more importantly perspective. I would highly recommend this lesson.
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