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A New Nation
(1776-1830)

Prosser's Rebellion



Prosser's Rebellion
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.07

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     challenging words:    layout, successful, slavery, rainstorm, setback, armory, freedom, failure, militia, tobacco, gain, bridges, rebellion, aboard, southeastern, court
     content words:    United States, George Washington, Gabriel Prosser, American Revolution, French Revolution, Governor Monroe


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Prosser's Rebellion
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     The United States won its freedom from England in the 1700's. It happened because the colonists had leaders like George Washington who were willing to plan, and organize, and fight for freedom.
 
2     However, even after 1776, one group of Americans was still hoping for their freedom. These people were the slaves who worked on plantations in the southeastern states. Then, in the year 1800, they began to hear of a leader who was planning and organizing to fight for their freedom. This leader's name was Gabriel Prosser.
 
3     Gabriel Prosser was a slave himself. He worked on Thomas Prosser's tobacco plantation near Richmond, Virginia, yet he was also someone whom the other slaves looked up to as a leader. Like other slaves, Prosser had suffered much mistreatment in his life. He was ready to rebel, and he had heard of other successful revolutions in which people had gained their freedom. The American Revolution was one. The French Revolution was another. He was also inspired by a slave rebellion in Haiti that had been successful.

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