Compcontslave revolt Essay

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The American Civil War was inevitable and had numerous causes that led to it. This paper
will discuss three important causes of the war the invention of the cotton gin, Nat
Turner's rebellion, and the abolitionist movement toward ending slavery. There are many
causes of the war, but I feel these three are substantial causes. Each of these events or
movements created more tension between the North and the South and eventually war was
unavoidable.

The invention of the cotton gin by Eli Whitney had a great effect on slavery and
agriculture in the South. The cotton gin was a machine that removed the seeds from the
cotton. Removing the seeds from the cotton was a long and tedious process. This
invention made processing cotton relatively fast and easy. The cotton gin's speed allowed
the cotton plantations to produce massive amounts of cotton. This became very profitable.
To support the harvesting of all of the cotton, more slaves were needed to run the cotton
gins and harvest the cotton. This brought more slaves to America and boosted the
population of slaves in the South. The increased number of slaves in the South actually
helped heighten the problem with slavery. Slavery was becoming more evident and people
were becoming more aware that slavery was wrong in both the North and the South.

The next cause was a slave named Nat Turner and his actions. Nat was a slave who had found
God and religion. Gradually he built a religious following that justified a slave revolt.
On August 13, 1831, Turner says he saw a halo around the sun. He thought that this was a
sign from God to begin the revolt. This was the beginning of Nat Turner's rebellion. On
August 22, 1831, Nat Turner led eight slaves to the Travis's residence, a white family,
and murdered five members of their family. The slaves then moved across the county
murdering white plantation owners, their families, and other whites that crossed their
path. As the group moved, they gained in size at every stop that they made. Many slaves
joined the original eight. Not all slaves joined in on the rebellion, some stayed behind
fearing that they would be stopped and killed or sentenced to harsh consequences. The
group of men swelled to over seventy and managed to kill fifty-eight men, women, and
children including Turner's slave owner. The killing spree went on for forty hours before
the Virginia Militia apprehended the group. Nat Turner was able to escape capture by the
Militia. Turner was able to evade authorities for eight days in the area near
Southampton. This was until Benjamin Phipps spotted and captured Turner at gunpoint.
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