Analysis Of ' Bacon ' Rebellion '

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Brice Everson Mrs. Blomme Honors I 3 October 2014 Bacon 's Rebellion The definition of courage as defined by Dictionary.com is the ability to do something that frightens one. A rebellion takes courage. It 's not something the average human being can do. One cannot simply expect just anyone to verbally stand up for what they believe is right. Courage is not something found in a common human being. Sure, everyone has it somewhere deep down, but as for that select group of people who aren’t afraid to stand up for what they believe is right: They are the ones that make a difference. Nathaniel Bacon wasn’t by any means a “great man” but he definitely wasn’t afraid to take charge of a situation that involved him, directly or…show more content…
During this time, people began to turn away from the governor and towards the Virginian newcomer, Nathaniel Bacon, who was seen as a leader (Rice). Bacon was newly appointed to the governor’s council seat and was greatly liked by the governor, in fact, he was related to Sir William Berkeley in being his cousin. When the overseer at one of Bacon 's properties, known as Bacon 's Quarter, was killed, Bacon 's sympathies shifted away from the governor and his Council and toward those who wanted immediate action against the Indians who had raided south, near the James River. Bacon’s attitude was soon found to be much to the dislike of Gov. Berkeley and Bacon was expelled from his council seat and declared to be in rebellion after he attacked his allies, the Occaneechi tribe, and killed many men, women, and children in addition to looting their town. Berkeley then called an assembly for the petitioning of a new governor created by Charles II. Surprisingly, Bacon was elected for a burgess for Henrico County. When Bacon tried to take a seat, he was captured and forced to “capitulate”, or surrender, on bended knees (Rice). After being expelled from his council seat for a second time, Bacon fled Jamestown and gathered a 500-man army
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