August 21 - 1831 - Nat Turner's Slave Rebellion Begins
Nat Turner was a slave who believed himself to be a prophet of God that could bring about the end of slavery. The exact method he chose to overturn slavery was an armed insurrection of slaves that targeted slave-owners and their families. Initially, Turner was able to kill about 60 white people in his native Southampton County, Virginia, but within two days, his rebellion was squashed by militias. The majority of his followers were captured immediately and executed, while Turner hid out for two months before his arrest and execution. The most significant outcome of Turner's rebellion, though, was a strengthening of the institution of slavery.