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Book Talk: American Uprising, Apr. 1

Lecture and Book Signing with Daniel Rasmussen
Where: Perkins Library, Rare Book Room
When: Friday, April 1, 4 PM

Many Americans are familiar with the slave revolts led by John Brown and Nat Turner. But the story of the greatest act of slave resistance in American history has never been told, until now.

In his New York Times best-selling book, American Uprising: The Untold Story of America’s Largest Slave Revolt (Harper, 2011), twenty-four-year-old author Daniel Rasmussen recounts the heroic and horrific events that took place in New Orleans in January 1811. Of 500 armed slaves, more than 100 were killed by federal troops and French planters, after which news of the incident was suppressed. Rasmussen’s extensive original research into the uprising considers the political, economic, and cultural elements surrounding the event and its aftermath.

Based on the author’s Harvard thesis, which won three separate awards and caught the attention of scholars across the country, American Uprising employs extensive original research to provide a multi-dimensional portrait of the American South just a few years after the Louisiana Purchase.

Reception to follow. Copies of the book will be available for sale. This event is free and open to the public.

About the Author: Daniel Rasmussen graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University in 2009, winning the Kathryn Ann Huggins Prize, the Perry Miller Prize, and the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize. For more information, visit his website.

Sponsored by Duke University Libraries, the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Department of History, and African and African American Studies.
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Posted 30 March 2011

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