Matt Mayer- Nat Turner and Daniel Webster
Alex Zielenski: Denmark Vesey

Nat Turner
  • Nat Turner was an American slave who led a slave rebellion in Virginia on August 21, 1831
  • The rebellion lasted for two days before being suppressed
  • The rebellion resulted with 60 white deaths and a 100 black deaths (the largest number of fatalities to occur in a rebellion prior to the American Civil War)nat turner.jpg
  • Turner was convicted, sentenced to death and hanged
  • Additionally, 56 other blacks were accused of being part of the rebellion
  • Throughout Virginia and other southern states, state legislators passed new laws:
    • Prohibiting education of slaves and free blacks
    • Restricting rights of assembly and other civil rights for free blacks
    • Required white ministers to be present at black worship services

Daniel Webster
  • Daniel Webster was a leading American statesman and senator from Massachusetts during the period leading up to the Civil War
  • Webster was elected in 1812 to the House of Representatives because of his opposition to the War of 1812.
  • In 1816 Webster left Congress and moved to Boston, where he would win the following major constitutional cases before the Supreme Court:
    • Dartmouth College v. Woodward
    • Gibbons v. Ogden
    • McCulloch v. Maryland
  • In 1827 Webster returned to Congress and was elected a senator from Massachusettsdaniel webster.jpg
  • Webster joined the National Republican party, and allied himself with Henry Clay, where they endorsed federal aid for roads in the West
  • In 1828 Webster backed the high-tariff bill of the year
  • Webster and President Andrew Jackson joined forces in 1833 to suppress South Carolina‚Äôs attempt to nullify the tariff
  • In 1836 Webster ran for presidency as one of three Whig party candidates
  • In 1841 President William Henry Harrison named Webster secretary of state
    • When John Tyler came to presidency due to the death of Harrison, all Whigs but Webster resigned from the cabinet
    • Webster settled the dispute between Great Britain involving the Maine-Canada boundary and successfully concluded the Webster-Ashburton Treaty
    • Webster opposed the expansion of slavery and in a powerful speech he supported the compromise of 1850 denouncing Southern threats of secession but urging Northern support for a stronger law for the recovery of fugitive slaves

Denmark Vesey
  • African-Caribbean gentlemen who was transported to the United States
  • Purchased his own freedom
  • With a few other fellows, planned a monstrous slave rebellion in the South that rivals the Roman rebellionsimages.jpeg
  • Was ratted out, tried and executed