By Daniel Rasmussen
A gripping and deeply revealing historical past of an notorious slave uprising that almost 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 diversified, politically astute, and hugely equipped, this self-made military challenged not just the commercial approach of plantation agriculture but additionally American growth. Their march represented the most important 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 tricky 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, now not Nat Turner's—has rivaled the size 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 means of federal troops and French planters, who then sought to jot down the development out of background and forestall the unfold of the slaves' innovative philosophy. With the Haitian revolution a contemporary reminiscence and the conflict of 1812 looming at the horizon, the insurrection had epic results for the United States.
via groundbreaking unique study, Daniel Rasmussen deals a window into the younger, expansionist state, illuminating the early background of recent Orleans and offering new perception into the trail to the Civil struggle and the slave revolutionaries who fought and died for justice and the wish of freedom.
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