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 ...
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 FonerHistorian 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."
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Publishers Weekly, 2010-09-20 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." Historian Rasmussen expands on scarce source material to provide a complex context for a revolt that dwarfed such better-known rebellions as Nat Turner's and Denmark Vesey's, a stealthily organized uprising of 500 armed slaves dressed in military uniforms marching on and trying to conquer New Orleans. The author ties together diverse political, economic, and cultural threads in describing the rise (and brutal suppression) of the "ethnically diverse, politically astute, and highly organized" army, and investigates why this "story more Braveheart than Beloved" was consigned to historical footnote. While the book's ambition occasionally exceeds its grasp, it vividly evokes the atmosphere of New Orleans of the early 19th century and how a recalcitrant, French-rooted Louisiana and some Spanish possessions in the Deep South were incorporated into the expanding American nation though brutal revenge justice and political pressures. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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