Tales from a Revolution: Bacons Rebellion and the Transformation of Early America

Paperback | August 15, 2013

byJames D. Rice

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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.In Tales from a Revolution: Bacon's Rebellion and the Transformation of Early America, author James D. Rice offers a colorfully detailed account of the rebellion, revealing how Piscataways, English planters, slave traders, Susquehannocks, colonial officials, plunderers, and intriguers were allpulled into an escalating conflict whose outcome, month by month, remained uncertain. Rice's rich narrative brings the lead characters to life: the powerful, charismatic Governor Berkeley, the sorrowful Susquehannock warrior Monges, the wiley Indian trader and tobacco planter William Byrd, the regalPamunkey chieftain Cockacoeske, and the rebel leader himself, Nathaniel Bacon. 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, or how adept hewould 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 GovernorBerkeley shortly afterwards, but the profoundly important issues at the heart of the rebellion took another generation to resolve.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.

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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 c...

James Rice is Professor of History at SUNY Plattsburgh. He is the author of Nature and History in the Potomac Country: From Hunter-Gatherers to the Age of Jefferson (2009).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 6.61 × 4.69 × 0.51 inPublished:August 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195386943

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ForewordAcknowledgementsA Note on LanguagePART ONE: THE UPROARS OF VIRGINIA1. Doegs! Doegs!2. The Susquehannocks' Dilemma3. The Governor and the Rebel4. "I Am in Over Shoes, I Will be in Over Boots"5. Jamestown Burning6. "The Uproars of Virginia Have Been Stupendious"7. "A Seasonable Submission"PART TWO: THE SECOND PART OF THE LATE TRAGEDY8. "Now Begins the Second Part of the Late Tragedy"9. "An Itching Desire"10. Tales of a Revolution11. Bacon's HeirsAfterwordAbbreviationsNotesSelect Bibliography