Bacons Rebellion

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This short paper is a minimum of eight full pages of double-spaced text, and you must consult a minimum of five academically credible sources. Bibliographies and citations will be in the Chicago-style format. Students may not use Wikipedia or other online encyclopedias. Students need to use Times New Roman, 12 point font, and 1 inch margins. The topic must differ from your short paper.

The next steps include gathering information from sources to assist writing the paper, keeping notes of sources, and writing a rough draft. If students use any of the information from the sources word-for-word, they must be cited using endnotes or footnotes (Chicago style). If students read the information and write it in their own words and it is not common knowledge, then the source must be cited because it is paraphrasing someone’s information. While composing the final product, use proper English. Do not use abbreviations, contractions, passive voice, or first or second person (I, you, we, our, etc). Before submitting your paper, check grammar and use spell check. Remember, the way you talk is not the way you write a paper.

Research Paper Proposal


Name:  Dustin Maglinti


Class:  HIST 101


Title:  Bacons Rebellion


Subject:  Bacons true agenda


Thesis Statement:  Bacon slaughtered many Native American Indians. He also showed that poor whites and blacks could unite for a cause in which put fear in the rich and the government. Was Bacon a hero in American history or just a mass murderer?


Outline: Bacons Rebellion was the first documented American rebellion in the Colonial United States. This rebellion united poor blacks and whites in a cause against the rich supported by its government. However, this rebellion also resulted in the slaughter of many Native Americans. Was the slaughter of these Indians necessary in his cause against the government?


Sources (you need at least 5):


Beverley, Robert. “On Bacon’s rebellion.” On Bacon’s Rebellion (Beverley) (January 2, 2009): 1. Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost .

Henretta, James A. and David Brody. America: A Concise History, Volume I: To 1877. 4th ed., Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2010.

Tarter, B.. 2011. Bacon’s Rebellion, the Grievances of the People, and the Political Culture of Seventeenth-Century Virginia.

Tom Costa.  2006. Samuel Wiseman’s Book of Record: The Official Account of Bacon’s Rebellion in Virginia, 1676-1677

Westbury, Susan. 2004. “Theatre and Power in Bacon’s Rebellion: Virginia, 1676-77.” Seventeenth Century 19, no. 1: 69-86



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