By Daniel Rasmussen
A gripping and deeply revealing historical past of an notorious slave uprising that just about toppled New Orleans and altered 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 varied, politically astute, and hugely prepared, this self-made military challenged not just the commercial approach of plantation agriculture but additionally American enlargement. Their march represented the biggest act of armed resistance opposed to slavery within the heritage of the U.S..
American Uprising is the riveting and long-neglected tale of this complex plot, the insurgent army's dramatic march at the urban, and its stunning 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 by way of the variety of the slaves concerned or the quantity who have been killed. a couple of hundred slaves have been slaughtered by means of federal troops and French planters, who then sought to put in writing the development out of background and stop the unfold of the slaves' progressive philosophy. With the Haitian revolution a contemporary reminiscence and the warfare of 1812 looming at the horizon, the rebellion had epic results for the US.
via groundbreaking unique learn, Daniel Rasmussen deals a window into the younger, expansionist kingdom, illuminating the early historical past of latest Orleans and supplying new perception into the trail to the Civil battle and the slave revolutionaries who fought and died for justice and the desire of freedom.