On Thursday I was looking through the book racks at the Northfield library and my eyes landed on the book American Uprising: The Untold Story of America's Largest Slave Revolt. I haven't read much history in the last 2 or 3 years and I was immediately interested in the book. So far it is an interesting and informative narrative that balances the author's story telling ability with a large amount of historical writings. I am learning all kinds of stuff I didn't know about American slavery in the New Orleans proper and the greater Louisiana territory. The injustices suffered by Africans and blacks in the name of personal prosperity and national economic growth are tragic.
What was really interesting was the author's mention of the Haitian slave revolt that brought the country of Haiti independence from the French during the time of Napoleon. Before the revolt, on the backs and ultimately the lives of slaves, Haiti was an incredibly prosperous nation producing vast amounts of sugar and produce exports. Following the slave revolt exports dried up and poverty ensued. It is deeply saddening that a country with such natural potential is now in such ruin.