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|Dan Rasmussen reads from American Uprising|
|Date||Tuesday February 25|
|Time||7:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
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Revolution Books, 2425 Channing Way,
American Uprising is the riveting account of the largest act of armed resistance against slavery in the history of the United States—and one of the defining moments in the history of New Orleans and the nation. In January 1811, a group of around 500 enslaved men, dressed in military uniforms and armed with guns, cane knives, and axes, rose up from the slave plantations around New Orleans and set out to conquer the city. Ethnically diverse, politically astute, and highly organized, this slave army challenged not only the economic system of plantation agriculture but also American expansion.
No North American slave revolt—not Gabriel Prosser, not Denmark Vesey, not Nat Turner—has rivaled the scale of this rebellion either in terms of the number of the slaves involved or in terms of the number who were killed. Over 100 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.