The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0393349733
ISBN-10: 039334973X
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“[A]n extraordinary story [told] in vivid prose and compelling, deeply researched detail…[I]t’s hard not to be dazzled by the ease with which [Taylor] moves from the lives of individual slaves…to the national debate over slavery.”
- James Oakes, Washington Post

“One of the greatest works of American history I have ever read…The elegantly written and carefully researched volume shatters a good deal of received wisdom.”
- Stephen L. Carter, Bloomberg View

“Deeply researched and movingly told, The Internal Enemy is a great historian’s masterwork.”
- Peter Onuf, author of Jefferson’s Empire

The Internal Enemy reinforces Alan Taylor’s standing as our leading historian of colonial and early national America. This deeply researched, beautifully written account of the slaves who sought freedom by escaping to the British during the War of 1812 illuminates a little-known episode in our nation’s past and offers a dramatic instance of the persistent interconnections between American slavery and American freedom.”
- Eric Foner, author of The Fiery Trial

“A comprehensive, scholarly work, made accessible by Taylor’s skill as a storyteller.”
- Kel Munger, Sacramento Bee

“Alan Taylor has added a remarkable chapter to American history, showing how the actions of black Virginians in the War of 1812 remade the nation’s politics in ways that profoundly influenced the racialized lead-up to the Civil War. Taylor’s meticulous research and crystal-clear prose make this essential reading for anyone seeking new insights into a troubled American past.”
- Elizabeth A. Fenn, author of Pox Americana

About the Author

Alan Taylor has twice won the Pulitzer Prize in History, most recently for The Internal Enemy, also a National Book Award finalist. He is Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of History at University of Virginia, and lives in Charlottesville.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.04 pounds
  • Paperback : 624 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 039334973X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0393349733
  • Product Dimensions : 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; 1st Edition (September 2, 2014)
  • Language: : English
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