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Food and Guns Part 3

The work of Alexander Hay Richie, 1863 courtesy of the Library of Congress 
Masters in the southern colonies granted indentured servants the opportunity to hunt on Sundays.  However, the use of guns to do so changed after Daniel Bacon led a multi-ethnic rebellion in Virginia in 1676.  British oligarchs thereafter took steps to repress a commoners ‘revolution such as passing legislation that restricted access to firearms to white commoners thus giving them a privilege that politically aligned them to elites and marginalized people of African descent.  As a result, free and enslaved African-Americans rarely had access to guns for the purpose of hunting for wild game except as soldiers in colonial militias, revolutions, and civil wars.  Similar gun restrictions for “negroes” and thus access to guns for hunting occurred following slave rebellions in colonial Mexico, Guatemala, and Haiti. 

History of Guns in America: [listen now 54 min 8 sec] http://backstoryradio.org/straight-shot-guns-in-america-rebroadcast/

Food and Guns Part 4

Food and Guns Part 2