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Declaration of the People Analyzation

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Introduction

A.P.P.A.R.T.S. Activity ? A - Author: What do I know about the author? ? Nathaniel Bacon, AKA "the Virginia rebel", was a colonial leader, born in Suffolk, England in January 1676. He settled on a large estate near the head of James River in Virginia. He became a member of the council in 1672, and gained great popularity with his manners and proper way of talking. Bacon was chosen to lead the outbreak of a newly developed Indian war, to lead the colonial military forces to victory. The governor refused to commission Bacon, but that didn't stop a rebellious force from creating and defeating the Indians. On May 29th 1676, governor Berkeley proclaimed Bacon a rebel and sent a force against him. ...read more.

Middle

? Place - Virginia (the New World) Time - July 30th 1676. The place in which this document was issued in was initially known as Jamestown and then became known as Virginia. ? Prior Knowledge - What knowledge do I know about this subject being addressed? ? Economic and social power became concentrated in late seventeenth-century Virginia, leaving laborers and servants with restricted economic independence. Governor William Berkeley feared rebellion: "six parts of Seven at least are Poore, Indebted, Discontented and Armed." Planter Nathaniel Bacon focused inland colonists' anger at local Indians, who they felt were holding back settlement, and at a distant government unwilling to aid them. In the summer and fall of 1676, Bacon and his supporters rose up and plundered the elite's estates and slaughtered nearby Indians. ...read more.

Conclusion

was a list of complaints issued by Nathaniel Bacon on July 30, 1676, in which he proclaims Virginia's colonial governor, William Berkeley, corrupt and expresses his displeasure at what his followers regarded as unjust taxation and the government's condescending, in his opinion, policy towards some tribes of Native Americans-the presumed grievances which brought about the uprising known as Bacon's rebellion. ? The main ideas of the primary source ? The Declaration of the People was a list of complaints issued by Nathaniel Bacon, in which he proclaims Virginia's colonial governor, William Berkeley, corrupt and expresses his displeasure at what his followers regarded as unjust taxation and the government's snobbish attitude towards the Native American tribes. ? Significance of document to history. ? Bacon's "Declaration of People" challenged the economical and political privileges of the governor's circle of favorites while announcing the principle of the agreement of the people. ...read more.

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