New additions to the collections of the Government and Heritage Library:
American Uprising: The Untold Story of America’s Largest Slave Revolt, by Daniel Rasmussen. The author chronicles the largest act of armed resistance against slavery in the United States when, in 1811, 500 armed slaves left their plantations and set out to conquer New Orleans.
Rambles of A Runaway from Southern Slavery, by Henry Goins. The author, a 19th century slave, wrote this combination slave / freedom narrative which illustrates important developments in antebellum America, including forced migration of enslaved people from eastern states to the cotton frontier, effects on individuals and families, and political and economic processes.
Return to Thunder Road: The Story Behind the Legend, by Alex Gabbard. The author presents the real life story of moon-shining as a way of life and back woods survival over generations. Accounts from the moonshiners, and the U.S. Treasury Agents who pursued, them are included.
Whispers of Rebellion: Narrating Gabriel’s Conspiracy, by Michael Nicholls. This book recounts a planned slave rebellion in 1800 with the goal to capture Richmond, Virginia and end slavery in the state. The author gives details and new aspects about the insurgent leader, Gabriel, his conspirators, and how the plan spread across 3 counties and into to the city of Petersburg.
Library materials are available for check out at the Government and Heritage Library by North Carolina State Agency employees or may be borrowed through an interlibrary loan request at your local public library. To view other new library acquisitions, click here.