American Uprising - Daniel Rasmussen

American Uprising

By Daniel Rasmussen

  • Release Date: 2011-01-04
  • Genre: History
Score: 4.5
From 12 Ratings


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.

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  • American Uprising

    By Harry Caddell
    Before I read this book, I knew very little about this event in American history. Having read the book I don't know much more than I did before. According to the author, there was an effort on the part of the slave holders to cover up the details of this uprising. Apparently their efforts were very effective. The book is listed as having 438 pages. The actual story of the slave rebellion is 328 pages, most of which is filler. The remaining 110 pages contain an index, references, etc. Save your money.
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