"Such a Murmur": Innovation, Rebellion, and Sovereignty in William Strachey's "True Reportory"

  title={"Such a Murmur": Innovation, Rebellion, and Sovereignty in William Strachey's "True Reportory"},
  author={Alexander Mazzaferro},
  journal={Early American Literature},
  pages={3 - 32}
Abstract:This article recovers the centrality of the concept of "innovation," a pejorative early modern synonym for rebellion, to the confrontations of early American settlement. The new absolutist forms of rule introduced into Virginia in 1609 bred mutinies, both in Jamestown and Bermuda, where the ship transporting the colony's new charter and first governor wrecked that year. Eyewitness reporter William Strachey deems the rebels "innovators," but his candid account reveals that their aims… 


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