Mar. 26, 2019

The Rebellion That Almost Changed The Dynamics Of The Idea Of White Supremacy In The Colonies

What started out as a plot to grab land from Native Americans by a white elite planter Nathaniel Bacon in the Colony of Virginia. Almost turned into a united effort by enslaved blacks and poor whites to stamp out the initial 1% in colonial America. The Bacon Rebellion, ​ however, in the end,​ created the racial color line that still disturbs the United States between many poor whites (who allied with black slaves during this rebellion) because the white elites fearing any future racial alliances between poor whites and blacks created the policies that ensured racial division between similar​ classes that still affect our society today.

"Nathaniel Bacon developed plans in 1675 to seize Native American lands in order to acquire more property for himself and others and nullify the threat of Indian raids. When the planter elite in Virginia effused to provide militia support for his scheme, Bacon retaliated, leading an attack on the elite, their homes, and their property. He openly condemned the rich for their oppression of the poor and inspired an alliance of white and black bond laborers, as well as slaves, who demanded an end to their servitude. The attempted revolution was ended by force and false promises of amnesty. A number of the people who participated in the revolt were hanged. The events in Jamestown were alarming to the planter elite, who were deeply fearful of the multiracial alliance of bond workers and slaves. Word of Bacon’s rebellion spread far and wide, and several more uprisings of a similar type followed."

"Initially put down by mercenaries, the uprising evolved into greater resistance. Instead of just frontiersmen demanding protection,​ the rebellion turned a social corner. Poorly treated African Americans (meant in the truest sense), indentured servants, and the poor farmers of the region united and demanded better treatment under colonial rule. The “dregs” of society uniting terrified the Governor who sent for Royal soldiers while even Bacon grew worried over the potential for change".