9780062017888

American Uprising : The Untold Story of America's Largest Slave Revolt

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    9780062017888

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    0062017888

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/4/2011
  • Publisher: Harperluxe

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Summary

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

Author Biography

Daniel Rasmussen graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University in 2009, where he won the Kathryn Ann Huggins Prize, the Perry Miller Prize, and the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
Carnival in New Orleansp. 9
Paths to Slaveryp. 21
A Revolutionary Forgep. 44
Empire's Emissaryp. 57
Conquering the Frontierp. 70
Masks and Motivesp. 82
The Rebels' Pactp. 96
Revoltp. 111
A City in Chaosp. 131
A Second Windp. 141
The Battlep. 153
Heads on Polesp. 167
Friends of Necessityp. 191
Statehood and the Young American Nationp. 203
The Slaves Win Their Freedomp. 216
The Cover-Upp. 231
Epiloguep. 247
Acknowledgmentsp. 255
Notesp. 259
Bibliographyp. 297
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