Wednesday, December 29, 2010

AMERICAN UPRISING!


To show my appreciation to those who have stopped by to read granny exercising her freedom of speech  for these last few years I am giving away two free copies of the newly soon to be released book "American Uprising."  Since I only have two copies to giveaway, the first two people who respond to this post by sending me an email will be the recipients of this giveaway.  grannystandingfortruth12@gmail.com.

Below are details of what the book is all about. Although, I wish I could be like Oprah and give every single one of my readers a copy.  However, I am not Oprah and besides, it's the economy and those darn rightwing folks have added grandma's check to their hit list.

AMERICAN UPRISING
The Untold Story of America’s Largest Slave Revolt
By
Daniel Rasmussen

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 riveting narrative, AMERICAN UPRISING: The Untold Story of America’s Largest Slave Revolt (Harper; January 4, 2011; Hardcover; $26.99), twenty-three year-old author Daniel Rasmussen provides a groundbreaking contribution to the historical record. 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.

On January 8, 1811 a group of sugar plantation slaves violently rebelled along the River Road outside of New Orleans. Led by slave driver Charles Deslondes, as well as two other slaves, Kook and Quamana, the slaves marched on the practically defenseless city during the plantation owners’ annual period of revelry and celebration preceding Mardi Gras. Enlisting additional slaves as the march proceeded, Deslondes’ group, armed with guns, cane knives, and axes, sought to strike a death blow to the heart of the region’s seat of power and establish a black republic on the shores of the Mississippi.

As the 200th anniversary of the rebellion approaches in January 2011, AMERICAN UPRISING shares the story of this elaborate plot and the slave army’s dramatic march on the city, as well as its shocking conclusion. As the rebellion continued, federal officials and French planters eventually joined forces and exacted terrible retribution, beheading over 100 slaves and dangling their dismembered corpses from the gates of New Orleans.

With race once again central to the national conversation, Rasmussen’s book has the potential to fundamentally alter the way we view some of the darkest chapters in American history. The slaves who come to life in this book are not victims, but proud, angry men from all different walks of life, who shared a belief that freedom was worth fighting, and indeed, dying for. Rasmussen’s tale – more Braveheart than Beloved – promises to provoke a new discussion about how we think about America’s complex racial past and to stir controversy in New Orleans itself, where the revolt remains a well-kept secret.

Garnering exceptional early praise from the most prominent historians in the country, AMERICAN UPRISING is an important work from a brilliant new writer. This eye-opening history pulls back the curtain on a long-neglected period in New Orleans history, offering new insights into the rise of slavery in the South and our nation’s path to Civil War.

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.

AMERICAN UPRISING
The Untold Story of America’s Largest Slave Revolt
By Daniel Rasmussen
Harper
On-sale: January 4, 2011
Hardcover; $26.99
ISBN: 9780061995217

18 comments:

Desertflower said...

That sounds like a very interesting read.

GrannyStandingforTruth said...

Desertflower:

Yes it does doesn't it.

Redeye said...

Going out to buy a copy today!

GrannyStandingforTruth said...

Redeye:

It does not come out until Jan 4, 2011. So you'll have to wait until then to get a copy unless you take me up on my offer and get it free.

LDYOFESSENCE said...

I miss out on your offer granny. Redeye and desertflower beat me to it.

GrannyStandingforTruth said...

LDYOFESSENCE:

Nah, you didn't. I believe that both of them have chose to buy their own. Far as I know no one has taken me up on my offer yet and emailed me. Therefore, email me if you still want one. You do not have to give me your real name if you do not want to. There is such a thing as "Resident" or "initials' or "whatever". I am not interested in knowing anyone's true identity and could care less. I'm just saying. (smile)

Redeye said...

I'll get my own copy when it comes out on the 4th. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

What makes you folks think that book is any truer than our reliable American history. Wise up!

granny loves to stir up trouble.

Blinders Off said...

Thanks for the offer Granny, I know I missed out, but that's okay I have some promo points at Amazon. I will get my copy when it comes out. BTW: If you did not know you can download the Kindle on you pc or smart phone. I have been downloading books all day yester and today :-)

GrannyStandingforTruth said...

Blinders, my daughter has kindle and she has been trying to get me to get one. I might get one. I dunno because I to collect books.

Anonymous 7:54:

I didn't write the book. Nor do I know personally the man that wrote it. However, I do plan to read it, and so will many others, including the people that read this blog.

Anonymous said...

"I didn't write the book. Nor do I know personally the man that wrote it. However, I do plan to read it, and so will many others, including the people that read this blog."

I recommend that you don't read it because it will only confuse you about the history of America..

Black Diaspora said...

Granny, the book should put to rest the myth of the docile, slavery-loving, massa-loving darkies, but I doubt it.

Unfortunately, there are those who want the myth to be true: It serves their political and social ends.

Blinders Off said...

Granny,

You do not have to buy the Kindle, you can download it onto your computer or phone (the ones they have listed) from Amazon at no cost.

GrannyStandingforTruth said...

Blinders:

I didn't know that. My daughter brought this small, portable, flat screen gadget that she carrys around with her and reads books from. I guess I am old fashion and just prefer books because I collect them. Besides I am an odd reader that reads more than one at the same time.

GrannyStandingforTruth said...

Diapora:

"Granny, the book should put to rest the myth of the docile, slavery-loving, massa-loving darkies, but I doubt it."

"Unfortunately, there are those who want the myth to be true: It serves their political and social ends."

That's the sho nuff truth there. Because a book called "Runaway Slaves" wrote about slaves that were not docile and fought back and that did not destroy that myth either. BTW, my ancestors were some of those that this story is about.

GrannyStandingforTruth said...

Anonymous 8:52:

Not only am I going to read it, but I am, also, going to recommend that my children and grandchildren read it. In addition, I plan to pass the word on to every living relative I have. Seeing how I come from a very huge family on both paternal and maternal that alone will make that book a best seller.

BTW, the only person that it would confuse is a person who does not want to know the truth. I might be old, but make no mistake, I am not feeble-minded. God blessed me with keen intellect and other gifts as well.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know all about that. There is so much that is not in school history books. I recently read about hangings in Marion, Indiana and the Klu Kloux Klan's involment there.


CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

GrannyStandingforTruth said...

Anonymous:

I've always knew about it because my ancestors who originated from Haiti, which was called San Domingo back then, migrated to St. John the Baptist Parish where this uprising took place. There are miniscule articles about it spaced out here and there, but like I said they are so miniscule until the average person would miss seeing it and was left out of history books as was Wrightsville 21 in Arkansas.

I want to read the book myself so that I can see how much this young man has uncovered about it in his research and what he has to say about it. And I'm thankful for the opportunity to mention it on my blog because people need to know about the missing fragments in history and the whole truth, not part of it.