Today in labor history: New Orleans slave uprising


On this day in 1811, the largest slave uprising in United States history started in Louisiana, when German Coast sugar plantations workers revolted. The men marched toward New Orleans, armed with hand tools. As they went, they set numerous crops and plantations on fire and added others to their numbers.

The revolt consisted of somewhere between 300-500 people, according to Today in Labor History on Tumblr, and lasted for two days before it was halted by the military in a brutal fashion.

Photo: Painting of uprising.   Tumblr


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  • Thank you for posting this. New Orleans is my fav. city in the South.

    Posted by Tenzin Angmo, 01/09/2013 4:46am (2 years ago)

  • Thanks to PW for this story.
    The vengeance exacted on rebels for it was similar to what the modern Israelis exact on Palestinians in conflict: for every 1 white killed (Israeli soldier or civilian in analogy), 50 to 100 Negroes were beheaded, hung, or shot to death.
    With this kind of murderous, genocidal atrocity the rule, it is a miracle that African Americans thrive today.
    For excellent Slave Rebellion historiography in the U. S., we should look to the work of Communists Herbert and Fay Aptheker.

    Posted by E.E.W. Clay, 01/08/2013 4:58pm (2 years ago)

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