To what extent are rebellion and legislation linked (throughout American history, beginning in early America through to the Industrial Revolution)?  

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larrygates eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Rebellions in American history are often the result of legislation or lack thereof. The first recorded rebellion of European Americans was Bacon's Rebellion in colonial Jamestown. Bacon and his followers were unhappy that the House of Burgesses did not provide protection from outlying Indians. Later, the Whiskey Rebellion was the result of Alexander Hamilton's whiskey tax. Rebellion in the North after the Fugitive Slave Law took the form of Personal Liberty Laws which prohibited enforcement of a federal law. The failure of the U.S. Government to recognize labor unions as representatives of working people often led to strikes which became violent, such as the Railroad Strike of 1877 and the Haymaker incident in which several people were killed. If you are looking for a general answer, I think it is best to say that rebellion and legislation are linked because failure of the government to be attuned to the sentiments of the people often leads to rebellion.