Bacon's Rebellion, Part 1
Robert Dunkerly talked about the causes of Nathaniel Bacon’s violent uprising against the British Colonial Governor in… read more
Robert Dunkerly talked about the causes of Nathaniel Bacon’s violent uprising against the British Colonial Governor in Virginia. In the first part of this two-part class he spoke about the origins of the first colonial rebellion against British rule, and profiled leader Nathanial Bacon.
In 1676, Nathaniel Bacon led a group of armed settlers against the Colonial Government of Virginia, claiming that Governor William Berkeley was corrupt and had unfairly taxed the colonists. The rebels also asserted that leaders had failed to defend Virginians from Native American attacks. Bacon’s Rebellion attacked Native American villages, killing men, women, and children, then later sacked and burned the capital of Jamestown to the ground. After Bacon died of dysentery, the rebellion collapsed and was quelled by forces loyal to the Governor. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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