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By Daniel Rasmussen

A gripping and deeply revealing historical past of an notorious slave uprising that almost toppled New Orleans and adjusted the process American background

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 varied, politically astute, and hugely geared up, this self-made military challenged not just the commercial process of plantation agriculture but additionally American enlargement. Their march represented the most important act of armed resistance opposed to slavery within the heritage of the USA.

American Uprising is the riveting and long-neglected tale of this complex plot, the insurgent army's dramatic march at the urban, and its stunning end. No North American slave uprising—not Gabriel Prosser's, now not Denmark Vesey's, no longer 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. a couple of hundred slaves have been slaughtered via federal troops and French planters, who then sought to write down the development out of heritage 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 insurrection had epic effects for the US.

via groundbreaking unique study, Daniel Rasmussen bargains a window into the younger, expansionist state, illuminating the early background of recent Orleans and supplying new perception into the trail to the Civil struggle 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, profitable the Kathryn Ann Huggins Prize, the Perry Miller Prize, and the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize.

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