Insurrections & The US Economy Lesson Prompt

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THE BIRTH OF A NATION LESSON PROMPT - Insurrections and the US Economy

Download or Stream Insurrections and the US Economy Lesson Prompt for the motion picture THE BIRTH OF A NATION.  This clip features the film's dramatization of the Nat Turner Rebellion of 1831 at a point where negotiation was not possible.  

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Prompt Question:  Nat Turner's insurrection galvanzied state and federal governments into action.  What effect would a successful and ongoing slave revolt had had on the American economy?

Run time:  1:08


Set against the backdrop of the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat's preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities - against himself and his fellow slaves - Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

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