damon (vstraylight) wrote,

Book meme

* Grab the nearest book.
* Open the book to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the next two to five sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

"After that, tens of thousands of convicts could be sent to Virginia, Maryland, and other colonies.  It also make understandable why the Virginia Assembly, after Bacon's Rebellion, gave amnesty to white servants who had rebelled, but not to blacks.  Negroes were forbidden to carry any arms, while whites finishing their servitude would get muskets, along with corn and cash.  The distinctions of status between white and black servants became more and more clear."  -  A People's History of the United States

The preceding sentence is "This fear may help explain why Parliament in 1717, made transportation to the New World a legal punishment."  Rebellions were becoming common in the late 1600s and early 1700s in the colonies, and Bacon's Rebellion was significant because whites and blacks joined together to fight against their servitude.  The legal punishment created a security force of conscripts.  While these local laws enshrined racism into the class war to protect the wealthy.

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