American Uprising

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-01-17
  • Publisher: Perennial

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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. The march of this ethnically diverse, politically astute, and highly organized self-made army 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 dramatic march on the city, and its violent and shocking conclusion-as well as the French planters' attempt to write the event out of history, thereby preventing the spread of the slaves' revolutionary philosophy.

Author Biography

Daniel Rasuussen graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University in 2009, winning the Kathryn Ann Huggins Prize, the Perry Miller Prize, and the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize, Harvard's top undergraduate academic honor. He lives in Boston.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
Carnival in New Orleansp. 9
Paths to Slaveryp. 19
A Revolutionary Forgep. 39
Empire's Emissaryp. 51
Conquering the Frontierp. 61
Masks and Motivesp. 71
The Rebels' Pactp. 83
Revoltp. 97
A City in Chaosp. 115
A Second Windp. 123
The Battlep. 135
Heads on Polesp. 147
Friends of Necessityp. 167
Statehood and the Young American Nationp. 177
The Slaves Win Their Freedomp. 187
The Cover-Upp. 199
Epiloguep. 211
Acknowledgmentsp. 219
Notesp. 223
Bibliographyp. 251
Indexp. 265
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