I bought American Uprising:The Untold Story of America’s Largest Slave Revolt by Daniel Rasmussen a year ago after I heard him being interviewed on NPR. I’ve only just now started reading it and already feel it’s one of those Hey Everybody Look at This reads. So let me tell you a little bit about it.

In 1811, a huge slave revolt took place north of New Orleans. All along both banks of the Mississippi were cane plantations where laborers could expect to survive five to seven years of unrelenting toil. And then die. Among these slaves were two young men who had grown up as warriors in their homeland in Africa. Another ringleader was a half white overseer who seemed to blacks and whites alike to be the indispensable right hand man to the white plantation owner. These three carefully, shrewdly built a secret network among the slaves which would culminate in January. That’s as far as I’ve read. What a great story. I’m already plotting out a novel in my head based on those three real people and the many unknown participants. I have more research to do and lots more thinking before I write, but meanwhile, I’m going to finish American Uprising. If you read non-fiction at all, you’ll want this book.

About glcraig

Gretchen Craig’s lush, sweeping tales deliver edgy, compelling characters who test the boundaries of integrity, strength, and love. Told with sensitivity, the novels realistically portray the raw suffering of people in times of great upheaval. Gretchen was born and raised in Florida. She’s lived in climates and terrain as diverse as the white beaches of the Gulf Coast, the rocky shores of Maine, and the dusty plains of Texas. Her awareness of place imbues every page with the smell of the bayous of Louisiana, the taste of gumbo in New Orleans, or the grit of a desert storm. Rich in compelling characters and historical detail, Always and Forever is a sweeping saga of Josie and Cleo, mistress and slave. Amid Cajuns and Creoles, the bonds between these two remarkable women are tested by prejudice, tragedy, and passion for one extraordinary man. Gretchen’s first novel won the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence for Mainstream with Romantic Elements and was chosen as an Editor’s Pick in the Historical Novel Society reviews. Ever My Love, winner of the Booksellers Best Award from the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America, continues the story of Cleo and Josie’s families, of their struggle for principle, justice, and love in a world where the underpinnings of the plantation culture are crumbling. Crimson Sky, inspired by the pueblos, mountains, and deserts of New Mexico, evokes the lives of people facing neighboring marauders and drought. Now the march of Spanish Conquistadors up the Rio Grande threatens their homeland, their culture, and their entire belief system.
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