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 heritage
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 triumph over town. Ethnically different, politically astute, and hugely geared up, this self-made military challenged not just the commercial procedure of plantation agriculture but additionally American growth. Their march represented the most important act of armed resistance opposed to slavery within the background of the U.S..
American Uprising is the riveting and long-neglected tale of this complicated plot, the insurgent army's dramatic march at the urban, and its surprising end. No North American slave uprising—not Gabriel Prosser's, no longer Denmark Vesey's, no longer Nat Turner's—has rivaled the dimensions of this uprising both when it comes to the variety of the slaves concerned or the quantity who have been killed. multiple hundred slaves have been slaughtered by way of federal troops and French planters, who then sought to jot down the development out of historical past and forestall the unfold of the slaves' innovative philosophy. With the Haitian revolution a contemporary reminiscence and the warfare of 1812 looming at the horizon, the rebellion had epic effects for the US.
via groundbreaking unique learn, Daniel Rasmussen deals a window into the younger, expansionist nation, illuminating the early heritage of recent Orleans and supplying 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 collage 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