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Bacon's Rebellion

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Diana Reed

on 20 June 2011

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Bacon's Rebellion colonial Virginia 1676 Contestations of race "[We must defend ourselves] against all Indians in generall, for that they were all Enemies."
-- Nathaniel Bacon class and gender Corrupt Governor William Berkeley while heavy taxes on tobacco and falling prices due to overproduction... And in 1670 the right to vote, Class consciousness is brewing In his pursuit of land, ambitious planter Nathaniel Bacon Bacon's armed force burned Jamestown to the ground
before British forces squelled the uprising Promising freedom to the slaves and servants who joined him, Bacon's Rebellion illuminated a great threat to the ruling class: In 1700, blacks made up 10% of Virginia's population... they made up nearly half. encode white supremacy into law People are imported as property A fundamental transformation occurs So what's the significance? rewarded his followers with land and refused to allow white settlement in the areas reserved for Indians. left small farmers and freed servants in extreme poverty. previously enjoyed by ALL FREE MEN, is restricted to LANDOWNING MEN. calls for the removal of all Indians Bacon led a slaughter on those he called the governor's "protected and darling Indians." the unification of poor whites and poor blacks in a common cause. Response of the planter aristocracy? and transitioning to racial slavery denied an education, land, political identity bought and sold stripped of their families create racial caste and freedom to a slave society. By 1750... as the rights of citizenship become exclusionary ignited by two different cultures of masculinity (planters vs. ordinary men) establish alliance of planters and ordinary white men with the establishment of citizenship as a political notion shared only among free, white men as Virginia descends from a "society with slaves" by excluding women from becoming potential property holders
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