Author of 'American Uprising' to appear in Potsdam Tuesday tonight
Monday, February 27, 2012 - 11:27 am

POTSDAM -- "American Uprising" author Dan Rasmussen will in Clarkson University's Student Center Multipurpose Rooms A-C at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

"American Uprising" is the untold story of America’s largest slave revolt, the rebel army’s dramatic march on them, and its shocking conclusion.

No North American slave revolt—not Gabriel Prosser, not Denmark Vesey, not Nat Turner—has rivaled the scale of this rebellion either in terms of the number of the slaves involved or the number who were killed.

Through groundbreaking original research, Rasmussen offers a window into the young expansionist country, illuminating the early history of New Orleans and providing new insight into the path to the Civil War, and the slave revolutionaries who fought and died while standing up against injustice.

Rasmussen performed research in New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and Massachussetts, 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.

Rasmussen’s thesis won the Kathryn Ann Huggins Prize, the Perry Miller Prize and the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize, Harvard’s top undergraduate academic honor.