SAT Subject US History Practice Question 800: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 800

61. Bacon's Rebellion of 1676 was significant in that it

A. led the colonies to recruit a greater number of indentured servants.
B. caused the death of Governor Berkeley of Virginia.
C. contributed to an increase in Indian uprisings in Virginia.
D. created fear of additional rebellions by former indentured servants.
E. was the largest slave rebellion in U.S. history.

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

Bacon's Rebellion of 1676 was led by Nathaniel Bacon, a planter who was unhappy with the Indian policies of Governor Berkeley of Virginia. He was joined in his rebellion by many present and former indentured servants. The fear of future rebellion led the colonists to turn to African slaves, over which they felt they would have greater control. Thus, they did not increase recruitment of indentured servants (A). Berkeley was not killed in the rebellion (B), although Bacon did die. This had no effect on Indian uprisings in Virginia (C), and it was not a slave rebellion (E).

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