American Uprising by Daniel Rasmussen
The Untold Story of America's Largest Slave Revolt

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 7 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

A gripping and deeply revealing history of an infamous slave rebellion that nearly toppled New Orleans and changed the course of American history

In January 1811, 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.

American Uprising is the riveting and long-neglected 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 groundbreaking original research, Daniel Rasmussen 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.

 

About Daniel Rasmussen

See more books from this Author
Daniel Rasmussen graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University in 2009, winning the Kathryn Ann Huggins Prize, the Perry Miller Prize, and the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize.
 
Published January 4, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 291 pages
Genres: History, War, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for American Uprising

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

The leaders of the 1811 revolt seized the opportunity of kickoff celebrations to the Carnival season for “a fight to the death against the planters and their militia.” The brutal battle initially ended in a temporary victory, but reprisals were severe and the heads of executed prisoners were disp...

Jan 04 2011 | Read Full Review of American Uprising: The Untold...

The New York Times

See more reviews from this publication

A history of a slave revolt in Louisiana illuminates the white fear of black insurrection.

Feb 04 2011 | Read Full Review of American Uprising: The Untold...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

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."

Sep 20 2010 | Read Full Review of American Uprising: The Untold...

The Wall Street Journal

See more reviews from this publication

Given the recent tendency to romanticize resistance, it may come as a surprise to learn that throughout history slave rebellions have been comparatively rare, especially in North America, where slaves constituted a minority of the total population.

Jan 06 2011 | Read Full Review of American Uprising: The Untold...

AV Club

See more reviews from this publication

“The Untold Story Of America’s Largest Slave Revolt” apparently remained untold for this long for a reason: The lack of sources mean there isn’t much story.

Feb 10 2011 | Read Full Review of American Uprising: The Untold...

Historical Novel Society

It’s a good bet—anyone who knows anything about American history has heard of the slave revolts led by John Brown and Nat Turner.

| Read Full Review of American Uprising: The Untold...

The New Yorker

Subscribers can read the full version of this story by logging into our digital archive.

Feb 14 2011 | Read Full Review of American Uprising: The Untold...

Reader Rating for American Uprising
83%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 68 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×