2009 Harvard graduate Daniel Rasmussen will speak at UNH about his book, American Uprising: The Untold Story of America’s Largest Slave Revolt, which grew out of a student research project. His talk will take place on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m. in MUB Theatre II.
In his junior year at Harvard, Rasmussen began work on the 1811 German Coast Uprising–the largest slave revolt in American history. Over the next two years, he performed research in New Orleans, Washington, DC, and Massachusetts, digging up letters, traveler’s narratives, naval records, court records, planter statements of accounts, and newspaper articles—anything that would help provide insight into the revolt. The resulting prize-winning thesis became the basis for his first book.
The event that so enthralled Rasmussen occurred in January 1811 when 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. Their march represented the largest act of armed resistance against slavery in the history of the United States.
Please contact Lesley Curtis with any questions about this event.