By Daniel Rasmussen
A gripping and deeply revealing heritage of an notorious slave uprising that just about toppled New Orleans and altered the process American historical past
In January 1811, slaves, wearing army uniforms and armed with weapons, cane knives, and axes, rose up from the plantations round New Orleans and got down to overcome the town. Ethnically assorted, politically astute, and hugely geared up, this self-made military challenged not just the industrial procedure of plantation agriculture but additionally American enlargement. Their march represented the biggest act of armed resistance opposed to slavery within the background of the us.
American Uprising is the riveting and long-neglected tale of this difficult plot, the insurgent army's dramatic march at the urban, and its stunning end. No North American slave uprising—not Gabriel Prosser's, no longer Denmark Vesey's, now not Nat Turner's—has rivaled the size of this uprising both by way of the variety of the slaves concerned or the quantity who have been killed. multiple hundred slaves have been slaughtered via federal troops and French planters, who then sought to put in writing the development out of background and stop the unfold of the slaves' innovative philosophy. With the Haitian revolution a contemporary reminiscence and the struggle of 1812 looming at the horizon, the insurrection had epic effects for the US.
via groundbreaking unique learn, Daniel Rasmussen deals a window into the younger, expansionist kingdom, illuminating the early historical past of latest Orleans and delivering new perception into the trail to the Civil battle and the slave revolutionaries who fought and died for justice and the wish of freedom.
About the Author
Daniel Rasmussen graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard college in 2009, successful the Kathryn Ann Huggins Prize, the Perry Miller Prize, and the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize.
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American Uprising: The Untold Story of America's Largest Slave Revolt by Daniel Rasmussen