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PenTales Story Contest

by dan on January 28, 2011

My good friend Stephanie Hodges runs a worldwide salon and education network that promotes the long lost art of storytelling. It’s an incredibly cool idea and a wonderful organization that’s having a real impact. PenTales is sponsoring a writing contest, that I will be judging, on the theme of revolt. If you’re a writer or […]

Story on the Daily Beast website

by dan on January 11, 2011

I published a story on the Daily Beast website about the 1811 revolt today.  In my next post, details of my trip down to New Orleans… Two hundred years ago today, three slaves gathered in a small rundown cabin on a plantation about thirty miles upriver from New Orleans.   Charles Deslondes was the son […]

Blog Reviews

by dan on January 6, 2011

American Uprising has been getting a lot of attention on various blogs, and I wanted to share a few of my favorite reviews: ““Rasmussen writes with a youthful enthusiasm and is very passionate about this material, and it shows. His detailed descriptions of life during that time, garnered from very thorough research, put the reader […]

Op-Ed in the New Orleans Times-Picayune

by dan on January 4, 2011

I have an opinion piece in the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Check it out: Two hundred years ago this Saturday, the city of New Orleans faced one of the greatest crises in its history. “All were on alert,” wrote Commodore John Shaw. “General confusion and dismay … prevailed throughout the city.” The American governor of […]

American Uprising Debuts Today

by dan on January 4, 2011

Today is the publication date for American Uprising. I couldn’t be more thrilled to finally have the book on sale. You can buy it anywhere books are sold and through the links on this website. I hope that this book will help change the way we think about American slavery by emphasizing the heroism, sophistication, […]