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The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832
National Book Award Finalist
This searing story of slavery and freedom in the Chesapeake by a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian reveals the pivot in the nation's path between the founding and civil war.
- National Book Awards
"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 "Impressively researched and beautifully crafted… Mr. Taylor has established himself as one of our leading historians of the Early Republic." - The Wall Street Journal "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 "Alan Taylor's brilliant new book illuminates the crucial role runaway slaves played in the devastating British campaign that led to Washington D.C.'s burning. Deeply researched and movingly told, The Internal Enemy is a great historian's masterwork." - Peter Onuf, author of Jefferson's Empire
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W. W. Norton & Company
September 01, 2013
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