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Dan Rasmussen
Dan Rasmussen

"American Uprising: Unearthing the Untold Story of America's Largest Slave Revolt"
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Thu., Feb. 17, 2011, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Hall Center Conference Hall

The relatively unexplored New Orleans slave revolt, which took place in January 1811, is the subject of Daniel Rasmussen's American Uprising: The Untold Story of America's Largest Slave Revolt. The revolt demonstrated sophisticated organization, and while it was the largest slave revolt in history, the revolutionaries were responsible only for the deaths of two men. Rasmussen's gripping account of the uprising has been hailed by critics as varied as Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Garden & Gun Magazine..

The book grew out of Rasmussen's thesis project at Harvard University, where he won the Kathryn Ann Huggins Prize, the Perry Miller Prize, and the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize. The latter is Harvard's most prestigious undergraduate honor. Rasmussen traveled through New Orleans, Washington DC, and Massachusetts for two years, gathering testimonials, evidence, and forgotten pieces of history to shape his narrative. .

Rasmussen graduated summa cum laud from Harvard University in 2009. He currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts. .

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