November 6, 2011
Nov. 9: An American Slave Uprising Inspired by #Haiti’s Revolution – Museum of African American History, Boston

Harvard Graduate Daniel Rasmussen's new book on the New Orleans slave revolt inspired by the Haitian Revolution.

Little known before to students of American History, the largest slave revolt in our country (in 1811) was inspired by the Haitian Revolution of 1803.  Hear Daniel Rasmussen, author of the bestseller, American Uprising:  The Untold Story of America’s Largest Slave Revolt, describe how:

Haitian rebels had defeated the armies of Napoleon Bonaparte, one of the greatest military leaders in history, abolished slavery, declared racism illegal, and founded the first black republic in the history of the world (and caused) tremendous ripples throughout North America.  Vanquished in Haiti, Napoleon sold the other French colony in the New World, Louisiana, to the United States.  And, on the shores of the Mississippi River, planters began to convert their fields for sugar production, trying to capture Haiti’s lost share of a global market.  But as these planters created a new sugar colony on American soil, they did not realize the extent to which they had re-created the same political instability and brutal exploitation that had caused the Haitian Revolution. And unbeknownst to the planters or their new American leaders, a few slaves were planning a revolution that they hoped would overthrow New Orleans and create another black republic. In 1811, they would launch the largest slave revolt in American history and change New Orleans and American history forever.


Author Event:  Daniel Rasmussen on American Uprising

Museum of African American History

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