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Note on : Robert Beverley on Bacon's Rebellion,1704

Bacon's Rebellion in 1676 tested self-government in Virginia. One of Virginia's earliest historians, Robert Beverley, a contemporary of Nathaniel Bacon who led the rebellion, described the origin and contours of the uprising in his History and Present State of Virginia, published almost thirty years after the event.

Beverley sided with Governor Berkeley during the course of the dispute, and, although his recounting of the events is not wholly dispassionate, Beverley was still a shrewd and thoughtful observer, whose account is as perceptive as any ever published.

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