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1811 Slave Revolt Online

by dan on December 24, 2010

When I first started researching the 1811 revolt, there was almost nothing on the internet on the topic.  The bicentennial has brought new found attention to the event, and I wanted to link to some of the great new websites that are sharing the story of the revolt. 

As an exercise early on in my research, I decided to write the Wikipedia page for the uprising (shockingly, there was no page on the event in 2009).  You can read that page here:

A group of Tulane University students working on a service learning project have assembled a great website at  The website provides a comprehensive bibliography of sources as well as a few other extras that should prove a great resource to scholars. 

Though the revolt has been forgotten almost everywhere else in the country, a small group of community activists on the German Coast have fought to preserve the stories and memories of the event.  The best way to experience this grassroots history and memory-keeping is through Leon Waters’ Hidden History Tours.  I encourage anyone visiting New Orleans to take Mr. Waters’ excellent tour of the sites of the 1811 revolt.  Find his site here:

Finally, you can find some of the original court transcripts uploaded online to the Louisiana Digital Library.  Find those cases here:–+louisiana+–+history+–+19th+century&CISOFIELD2=subjec&CISOROOT=/LSU_CFF,/LPC,/lapur,/LCT,/LPH,/SartainEngravings&t=s.

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