Nat Turner's rebellion
In the summer of 1831, a slave named Nat Turner convened around other seventy slaves in South Carolina's Southampton County and launched an uprising that, as Howard Zinn describes, "went on a rampage from plantation to plantation, murdering at least fifty-five men, women, and children. They gathered supporters, but were captured as their ammunition ran out. Turner and perhaps eighteen others were hanged."
Joel Olson argues that the uprising exemplified "anarchistic tendencies" in Black freedom struggles and that it should "clearly count as one of the most important insurrections in American history".
- Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States (New York: HarperPerrenial, 2003), 174.
- Joel Olson, "Between infoshops and insurrection: U.S. anarchism, movement building, and the racial order, "https://libcom.org/library/between-infoshops-insurrection-us-anarchism-movement-building-racial-order.