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Vinton, John to his mother

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08258 Author/Creator: Vinton, John Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 15 October 1831 Pagination:

Summary of Content: Vinton, a captain of a northern regiment assisted in the suppression of Nat Turner's slave rebellion: "I doubt if any active movement against the slaves will be necessary...[They] however are irresponsible and reckless and it is difficult to foresee to what a blind desperation might prompt them...."


Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Slave RebellionRebellionAfrican American HistorySlavery

Sub Era: Slavery & Anti-slavery

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