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Native Arizonan 
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07-27-17 01:40 PM - Post#1638229    


I must admit I was not really well aware of this early rebellion in Virginia as anything more than another footnote in a history book, but as I was following one of my many ancestral lines back, I discovered that I was descended from one William Hunt Sr., who was a suspected Baconite. So I looked into it.

Bacon's Rebellion was an obvious predecessor to the eventual American Revolution. A remarkable parallel was the fact the document announcing that rebellion, the Declaration of Nathaniel Bacon in the Name of the People of Virginia, was signed on June 30, 1676, 100 years, almost to the day, of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It included complaints about taxation without representation, among other things. The main difference was that Bacon's Declaration named the Virginia Colonial Governor, Sir William Berkeley, the as the antagonist, and claimed allegiance to the King:

http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5800

Another parallel to the American Revolution was the fact the Rebellion was joined by people of all classes, from large landowners to commoners.

The rebellion included the burning of Jamestown by the Baconites in September of 1676.




 
BillinOregon 
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08-13-17 08:38 AM - Post#1640067    

    In response to Native Arizonan

Here is a worthwhile read on the affair. It was required for a college class I took long ago on radicalism in American history. We focused on Bacon, Thomas Payne and John Brown.

https://www.amazon.com/Governor-Rebel-History-Rebellion-Virg...

 
colmoultrie 
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08-23-17 06:47 PM - Post#1641242    

    In response to BillinOregon

As the site you reference mentions, Native Arizonan, Bacon's followers were not only people of varying classes, (very few were established Tidewater Planter "aristocracy," but Bacon himself was upper-class), but also both white and black. In the wake of the rebellion, planters strengthened racial laws and codified the institution of slavery in a successful attempt to drive a wedge between poor whites and blacks. Racism - which to be certain predated Bacon's Rebellion - thus became a means of social control.

 
Native Arizonan 
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08-25-17 08:19 AM - Post#1641415    

    In response to colmoultrie

  • colmoultrie Said:
As the site you reference mentions, Native Arizonan, Bacon's followers were not only people of varying classes, (very few were established Tidewater Planter "aristocracy," but Bacon himself was upper-class), but also both white and black. In the wake of the rebellion, planters strengthened racial laws and codified the institution of slavery in a successful attempt to drive a wedge between poor whites and blacks. Racism - which to be certain predated Bacon's Rebellion - thus became a means of social control.



When I was looking into, many academic references were about the effect Bacon's Rebellion had on slavery and racism. Before the Rebellion, Black and White slaves or indentures were treated the same. After the Rebellion, they started treating them differently.

Oddly, when you think about it, this probably led to the increase in Black slaves being brought to America, as they could still be treated any way the Aristocracy wanted to treat them, which made them more valuable permanent property than an indentured poor European.

 
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