By Daniel Rasmussen
A gripping and deeply revealing historical past of an notorious slave uprising that just about toppled New Orleans and adjusted the process American background
In January 1811, slaves, wearing army uniforms and armed with weapons, cane knives, and axes, rose up from the plantations round New Orleans and got down to overcome the town. Ethnically various, politically astute, and hugely prepared, this self-made military challenged not just the commercial procedure of plantation agriculture but in addition American enlargement. Their march represented the most important act of armed resistance opposed to slavery within the background of the USA.
American Uprising is the riveting and long-neglected tale of this problematic plot, the insurgent army's dramatic march at the urban, and its surprising end. No North American slave uprising—not Gabriel Prosser's, now not Denmark Vesey's, no longer Nat Turner's—has rivaled the dimensions of this uprising both when it comes to the variety of the slaves concerned or the quantity who have been killed. a couple of hundred slaves have been slaughtered by way of federal troops and French planters, who then sought to jot down the development out of historical past and stop the unfold of the slaves' innovative philosophy. With the Haitian revolution a contemporary reminiscence and the warfare of 1812 looming at the horizon, the insurrection had epic outcomes for the US.
via groundbreaking unique examine, Daniel Rasmussen bargains a window into the younger, expansionist state, illuminating the early background of recent Orleans and delivering new perception into the trail to the Civil conflict and the slave revolutionaries who fought and died for justice and the desire of freedom.
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