Daniel Rasmussen, Author, was featured at the LaPlace Library today to discuss his new book, "American Uprising". This book on American slavery tells the shocking secret history of America’s largest slave revolt in New Orleans in 1811. This year marks the 200 year anniversary of the slave revolt that started in St. John the Baptist Parish. Although very few are aware of this revolt, it was the largest act of slave resistance in American history – a central moment in African American history and the struggle for black rights.
Latunya Duikes, a resident of LaPlace and native of Minnesota, attended the discussion with interest to learn about the events that occurred here in LaPlace and understand what went on as an outsider looking in. Many residents of all ages were in attendance to listen to Rasmussen’s discussion on his reasoning for writing the book and to explain the contents of the book. "I came from a family who owned a plantation which sparked my interest in his story. I was able to learn another aspect of what went on during that time period," said Jeanette Arcuri, a resident of LaPlace who attended the discussion and book signing today.
Rasmussen has been touring the New Orleans area promoting his book and signing copies for those who purchased books. Mr. Robert Becnel purchased ten books to donate to the St. John the Baptist Parish public libraries including a copy for the Parish President’s office. The donated books were presented to the St. John the Baptist Parish libraries by Parish President Natalie Robottom at today’s book discussion. "This book represents a significant part of history for our Parish. I am very appreciative of the opportunity to present these books to our local libraries", said Parish President Natalie Robottom."
Rasmussen is a graduate of Harvard University where he studied slavery and the American South. He won many awards for his writing since he was in elementary school. As part of his senior thesis, he spent two years researching the revolt which expanded into his newly published book.
Daniel Rasmussen will also discuss his book tomorrow at the East Regional Library in Destrehan at 10:00 a.m. and at the Garden District Books at 1:00 p.m. in New Orleans for another discussion. Daniel Rasmussen will continue to promote his book on the slavery revolt in New Orleans at other discussions and book signings throughout the United States.