January 8, 2011 10:15 PM

Book review | ‘American Uprising’ details a forgotten slave revolt

In “American Uprising,” which began as an undergraduate thesis at Harvard, Rasmussen tells their long-forgotten story. Rasmussen is a superb stylist. He sets the scene well, vividly describing early 19th century New Orleans; the revolution in Haiti, which served as the inspiration for the uprising in Louisiana; and the politics of a territory coveted by Spain, France and the United States.

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