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"Fear of Insurrection"

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In the hysterical climate that followed Nat Turner's rebellion in Virginia in 1831, both free and enslaved blacks from as far away as North Carolina were accused of having a connection with the insurrection. Many were murdered by white mobs, while others were subsequently tried and executed.

Harriet Ann Jacobs, born into slavery in North Carolina in 1813, eventually escaped to the North, where she wrote a narrative about her ordeal of slavery. In Chapter Twelve of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself, Jacobs describes the harassment of blacks in Edenton, North Carolina, following the rebellion.

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Nat Turner's Rebellion
"A Slave Is Tortured"
Harriet Jacobs

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