about the Southampton Revolt
For nearly two hundred years, controversy has surrounded Nat Turner and the Southampton Rebellion. In some respects, the historical documents available about the revolt raise as many questions as they answer.
The collection of primary sources in this archive allows you to create your own interpretations of the rebellion, its participants, its targets, and its enigmatic leader.
Below are some of the questions you might think about as you explore the documents in this site. For decades, historians have wrestled with these same questions. They, too, face inconclusive and conflicting evidence from unreliable, and heavily biased sources.