American Uprising The Untold Story of America's Largest Slave Revolt (Paperback)
|Author: Daniel Rasmussen|
From the Publisher:
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 uprisingnot Gabriel Prosser's, not Denmark Vesey's, not Nat Turner'shas 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.
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.