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

American Uprising: The Untold Story of America’s Largest Slave Revolt, by Daniel Rasmussen ($14.69)

The author is interviewed here on the Diane Rehm Show.

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From Publishers Weekly

This study of a January 1811 slave uprising and march on New Orleans exhumes the deliberately obscured and “largest act of armed resistance against slavery in the history of the United States.” Historian Rasmussen expands on scarce source material to provide a complex context for a revolt that dwarfed such better-known rebellions as Nat Turner’s and Denmark Vesey’s, a stealthily organized uprising of 500 armed slaves dressed in military uniforms marching on and trying to conquer New Orleans. The author ties together diverse political, economic, and cultural threads in describing the rise (and brutal suppression) of the “ethnically diverse, politically astute, and highly organized” army, and investigates why this “story more Braveheart than Beloved” was consigned to historical footnote. While the book’s ambition occasionally exceeds its grasp, it vividly evokes the atmosphere of New Orleans of the early 19th century and how a recalcitrant, French-rooted Louisiana and some Spanish possessions in the Deep South were incorporated into the expanding American nation though brutal revenge justice and political pressures. (Jan.) (c)
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Review

“Impressive work by an up-and-coming historian.” (Kirkus Reviews )

“New Orleans has been the scene of many dark adventures, but none so shocking as the slave rebellion of 1811. Daniel Rasmussen has unearthed a stunning tale of freedom and repression and told it in gripping fashion.” (Evan Thomas )

A crisp, confident writer, Rasmussen tells this story with verve. (John Stauffer, The Wall Street Journal )

An incredible true story. (New York Post )

“Thorough . . . vivid. . . . A welcome addition to popular history and an engaging read for anyone interested in this important chapter in the tragic story of American slavery.” (Library Journal )

American Uprising vividly evokes the atmosphere of New Orleans of the early 19th century and how a recalcitrant, French-rooted Louisiana and some Spanish possessions in the Deep South were incorporated into the expanding American nation through brutal revenge justice and political pressures.” (Publishers Weekly )

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