Bacon's Rebellion, 1676-1677

Race, Class, and Frontier Conflict in Colonial Virginia

By Verdis LeVar Robinson, Paul Otto

118 pp., 8 x 10, 4 halftones, 1 map, 4 tables, notes, bibl

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-7892-4
    Published: March 2024
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-7893-1
    Published: February 2024

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In the early seventeenth century, Virginia's Chesapeake region saw the emergence of a multiracial society centered around the profitable tobacco industry. While Native Americans, free and enslaved Africans, and Europeans coexisted and interacted, a hierarchical order formed with a small elite planting class, led by Governor William Berkeley, wielding power over land, labor, and governance. Seeking to form a coalition of dissatisfied elites and marginalized individuals, Nathaniel Bacon, a newcomer to the Virginia colony, led a rebellion against Berkeley and his supporters.

In this game, students assume the roles of the elite loyalists to Governor Berkeley and the rebellious supporters of Nathaniel Bacon. Engaging in debates, conspiracies, and simulated acts of resistance, students will strive to shape the future governance of the Virginia colony, determining which group emerges as the ruling class and which group will be relegated to the lower rungs of colonial society.

About the Authors

Verdis Robinson is a Unitarian Universalist minister and civic educator.
For more information about Verdis LeVar Robinson, visit the Author Page.

Paul Otto is professor of history at George Fox University.
For more information about Paul Otto, visit the Author Page.