American Uprising: The Untold Story of America's Largest Slave Revolt

American Uprising: The Untold Story of America's Largest Slave Revolt

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by Daniel Rasmussen
     
 

“Breathtaking. [Rasmussen’s] scholarly detective work reveals a fascinating narrative of slavery and resistance, but it also tells us something about history itself—about how fiction can become fact, and how ‘history’ is sometimes nothing more than erasure.” —Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

“Deeply researched, vividly written,

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“Breathtaking. [Rasmussen’s] scholarly detective work reveals a fascinating narrative of slavery and resistance, but it also tells us something about history itself—about how fiction can become fact, and how ‘history’ is sometimes nothing more than erasure.” —Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

“Deeply researched, vividly written, and highly original.” —Eric Foner

Historian Daniel Rasmussen reveals the long-forgotten history of America’s largest slave uprising, the New Orleans slave revolt of 1811. In an epic, illuminating narrative, Rasmussen offers new insight into American expansionism, the path to Civil War, and the earliest grassroots push to overcome slavery.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061995217
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/04/2011
Pages:
276
Sales rank:
411,904
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.09(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

One Carnival in New Orleans 9

Two Paths to Slavery 19

Three A Revolutionary Forge 39

Four Empire's Emissary 51

Five Conquering the Frontier 61

Six Masks and Motives 71

Seven The Rebels' Pact 83

Eight Revolt 97

Nine A City in Chaos 115

Ten A Second Wind 123

Eleven The Battle 135

Twelve Heads on Poles 147

Thirteen Friends of Necessity 167

Fourteen Statehood and the Young American Nation 177

Fifteen The Slaves Win Their Freedom 187

Sixteen The Cover-Up 199

Epilogue 211

Acknowledgments 219

Notes 223

Bibliography 251

Index 265

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