Tales from a Revolution: Bacon's Rebellion and the Transformation of Early America

In the spring of 1676, Nathaniel Bacon, a hotheaded young newcomer to Virginia, led a revolt against the colony s Indian policies Bacon s Rebellion turned into a civil war within Virginia and a war of extermination against the colony s Indian allies that lasted into the following winter, sending shock waves throughout the British colonies and into England itself JamesIn the spring of 1676, Nathaniel Bacon, a hotheaded young newcomer to Virginia, led a revolt against the colony s Indian policies Bacon s Rebellion turned into a civil war within Virginia and a war of extermination against the colony s Indian allies that lasted into the following winter, sending shock waves throughout the British colonies and into England itself James Rice offers a colorfully detailed account of the rebellion, revealing how Piscataways, English planters, slave traders, Susquehannocks, colonial officials, plunderers and intriguers were all pulled into an escalating conflict whose outcome, month by month, remained uncertain In Rice s rich narrative, the lead characters come to life the powerful, charismatic Governor Berkeley, the sorrowful Susquehannock warrior Monges, the wiley Indian trader and tobacco planter William Byrd, the regal Pamunkey chieftain Cockacoeske, and the rebel leader himself, Nathaniel Bacon The dark, slender Bacon, born into a prominent family, soon earned a reputation in America as imperious, ambitious, and arrogant But the colonial leaders did not foresee how rash and headstrong Nathaniel Bacon could be, nor how adept he would prove to be at both inciting colonists and alienating Indians As the tense drama unfolds, it becomes apparent that the struggle between Governor Berkeley and the impetuous Bacon is nothing less than a battle over the soul of America Bacon died in the midst of the uprising and Governor Berkeley shortly afterwards, but the profoundly important issues at the heart of the rebellion took another generation to resolve The late seventeenth century was a pivotal moment in American history, full of upheavals and far flung conspiracies Tales From a Revolution brilliantly captures the swirling rumors and central events of Bacon s Rebellion and its aftermath, weaving them into a dramatic tale that is part of the founding story of America.
Tales from a Revolution Bacon s Rebellion and the Transformation of Early America In the spring of Nathaniel Bacon a hotheaded young newcomer to Virginia led a revolt against the colony s Indian policies Bacon s Rebellion turned into a civil war within Virginia and a war of

  • Title: Tales from a Revolution: Bacon's Rebellion and the Transformation of Early America
  • Author: James D. Rice
  • ISBN: 9780195386950
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. This short narrative brings to light some of the aspects of the often overlooked Bacon's Rebellion during the early years of Virginia's formation. It tries to highlight what the author thinks are some of the more important events and players in the story, while showing the reason's for the rebellion and why it is an important part of America's early history, despite it being over shadowed by the Revolutionary War. It's a tale filled with the fears and desperation's of the people of the colony, o [...]

    2. In this book, you get more of an understanding of the times before the revolutionaty war, A time when Indians were frowned upon by most. I learned quite a bit about the Jamestown settlement. I would recommend this book to anyone that is curious about colonial times, and what was going on in and around Jamestown.

    3. Only a history geek like me would read this. This about a little know event to most Americans but was touted as a precursor to our Revolution. Both sides did terrible things and the real losers would be the Indians. This is a short quick read.

    4. Very good narrative history of the rebellion. As with most narrative history, it was very light on analysis. If you're a fan of the genre and are interested in the period, you'll probably enjoy it.

    5. This was a fantastic book, though I imagine it's not 'content for everyone'. My mom gave me a signed copy for Christmas and I am very happy to have read it.

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