American Uprising The Untold Story of America's Largest Slave Revolt (Paperback)
|Author: Daniel Rasmussen|
A gripping and deeply revealing history of the 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 slave plantations around New Orleans and set out to conquer the city. 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. Daniel Rasmussen illuminates the early history of New Orleans and provides new insight into the path to the Civil War and the slave revolutionaries who fought and died for justice and the hope of freedom.
From the Publisher:
Provides a gripping and revealing history of the 1811 New Orleans slave rebellion that provides new insight into American expansionism and the path to the Civil War. (United States history). Simultaneous.
Historian Daniel Rasmussen uncovers an almost lost, or supressed, chapter in American history as he reports on a major slave uprising in 1811 New Orleans, when over 500 slaves took up arms and marched on the city. Rasmussen provides historical context and a keen sense of place, as he draws on his research in archives on what was, as the subtitle declares, America's largest slave revolt.