American Uprising by Daniel Rasmussen audiobook

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

By Daniel Rasmussen
Read by David Drummond

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200096824

  • ISBN: 9798200096817

  • ISBN: 9798200096831

Runtime: 5.80 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Impressive work by an up-and-coming historian. Kirkus
“Chilling and suspenseful.” New York Times
“[Listeners] will appreciate not just the historic recollection of the attempt to overcome the oppression of slavery but also the more recent developments that have recovered it from obscurity.” Booklist
“This is a welcome addition to popular history and an engaging read for anyone interested in this important chapter in the tragic story of American slavery.” Library Journal
“Impressive work by an up-and-coming historian.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Daniel Rasmussen

Author Bio: Daniel Rasmussen

Daniel Rasmussen graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University in 2009, where he studied history and literature with a focus on American slavery and the nineteenth-century American South. He won the Kathryn Ann Huggins Prize, the Perry Miller Prize, and the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize, Harvard’s top undergraduate academic honor.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 5.80
Audience: Adult
Language: English