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.