American Uprising

American Uprising

The Untold Story of America's Largest Slave Revolt

eBook - 2011
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A gripping and deeply revealing history of an infamous slave rebellion that nearly toppled New Orleans and changed the course of American history

In January 1811, five hundred slaves, dressed in military uniforms and armed with guns, cane knives, and axes, rose up from the plantations around New Orleans and set out to conquer the city. Ethnically diverse, politically astute, and highly organized, this self-made army challenged not only the economic system of plantation agriculture but also American expansion. Their march represented the largest act of armed resistance against slavery in the history of the United States.

American Uprising is the riveting and long-neglected story of this elaborate plot, the rebel army's dramatic march on the city, and its shocking conclusion. No North American slave uprising--not Gabriel Prosser's, not Denmark Vesey's, not Nat Turner's--has rivaled the scale of this rebellion either in terms of the number of the slaves involved or the number who were killed. More than one hundred slaves were slaughtered by federal troops and French planters, who then sought to write the event out of history and prevent the spread of the slaves' revolutionary philosophy. With the Haitian revolution a recent memory and the War of 1812 looming on the horizon, the revolt had epic consequences for America.

Through groundbreaking original research, Daniel Rasmussen offers a window into the young, expansionist country, illuminating the early history of New Orleans and providing new insight into the path to the Civil War and the slave revolutionaries who fought and died for justice and the hope of freedom.

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062084354
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 276 p.) : maps
Additional Contributors: OverDrive Inc


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Dec 15, 2017

A good read. It was shocking to find out how the "founding fathers" of America treated Blacks and Native Indians.

Ramon42 May 28, 2012

Felt enriched because a lot of what was read was never learned as a kid

Nov 17, 2011

Without being explicit Ramussen describes a pattern of deceit which underlies American policy to this day. This pattern is particularly exemplified in his discussion of the attack on Florida which was then a "Spanish colony". The impact of the Haitian slave revolt on France's willingness to complete the Louisiana Purchase is also shown to be a pivotal event.

debwalker Feb 08, 2011

Chronicles a revolt by 500 slaves in 1811 and its exclusion from many historical accounts of the time.


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