By Daniel Rasmussen
A gripping and deeply revealing heritage of an notorious slave uprising that almost 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 overcome the town. Ethnically different, politically astute, and hugely geared up, this self-made military challenged not just the industrial process of plantation agriculture but in addition American growth. Their march represented the biggest act of armed resistance opposed to slavery within the historical past of the USA.
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, now not Denmark Vesey's, now not 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. a couple of hundred slaves have been slaughtered by means of federal troops and French planters, who then sought to put in writing the development out of historical past and stop the unfold of the slaves' innovative philosophy. With the Haitian revolution a contemporary reminiscence and the battle of 1812 looming at the horizon, the rebellion had epic outcomes for the US.
via groundbreaking unique learn, Daniel Rasmussen deals a window into the younger, expansionist state, illuminating the early historical past of recent Orleans and supplying new perception into the trail to the Civil conflict and the slave revolutionaries who fought and died for justice and the desire of freedom.
About the Author
Daniel Rasmussen graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard college in 2009, profitable the Kathryn Ann Huggins Prize, the Perry Miller Prize, and the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize.
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