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American Uprising: The Untold Story of America's Largest Sla

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American Uprising: The Untold Story of America's Largest Sla
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Historian Daniel Rasmussen discusses his first book, emAmerican Uprising: The Untold Story of America's Largest Slave Revoltem. 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. emAmerican Uprisingem tells the long-neglected story of this elaborate plot, the rebel army's dramatic march on the city, and its shocking conclusion. With the Haitian revolution a recent memory and the War of 1812 looming on the horizon, the revolt had epic consequences for America.moreless
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