American Uprising

American Uprising

The Untold Story of America's Largest Slave Revolt

Book - 2011
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The author reveals the long forgotten history of America's largest slave uprising, the New Orleans slave revolt of 1811 that nearly toppled New Orleans and changed the course of American history. In this narrative, he offers new insight into American expansionism, the path to Civil War, and the earliest grassroots push to overcome slavery. 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. The work is the 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 original research, the author 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061995217
Characteristics: viii, 276 p. :,maps ;,24 cm.


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Dec 15, 2017

A good read. It was shocking to find out how the "founding fathers" of America treated Blacks and Native Indians.

Ramon42 May 28, 2012

Felt enriched because a lot of what was read was never learned as a kid

Nov 17, 2011

Without being explicit Ramussen describes a pattern of deceit which underlies American policy to this day. This pattern is particularly exemplified in his discussion of the attack on Florida which was then a "Spanish colony". The impact of the Haitian slave revolt on France's willingness to complete the Louisiana Purchase is also shown to be a pivotal event.

debwalker Feb 08, 2011

Chronicles a revolt by 500 slaves in 1811 and its exclusion from many historical accounts of the time.

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