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Clay Cane is a New York-based journalist, author and documentary filmmaker. He is the author of the forthcoming "Live Through This: Surviving the Intersections of Sexuality, God, and Race." The views expressed in this commentary are his own.
(CNN)Nat Turner's 1831 slave revolt is a watershed moment in American history. The preacher-turned-rebel led an insurrection that resulted in the murders of over 60 white women, men and children in Southampton, Virginia. Many scholars mark the rebellion as the catalyst for the civil war, placing fear in the hearts and minds of slave owners, letting them know slavery would not last forever.