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The Internal Enemy

Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832
Taylor, Alan (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Drawn from new sources, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian presents a gripping narrative that recreates the events that inspired hundreds of slaves to pressure British admirals into becoming liberators by using their intimate knowledge of the countryside to transform the war.
Authors: Taylor, Alan, 1955-
Title: The internal enemy
slavery and war in Virginia, 1772-1832
Publisher: New York, N.Y. :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: xiii, 605 pages :,illustrations, maps ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: Drawn from new sources, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian presents a gripping narrative that recreates the events that inspired hundreds of slaves to pressure British admirals into becoming liberators by using their intimate knowledge of the countryside to transform the war.
ISBN: 0393073718
9780393073713
Statement of Responsibility: Alan Taylor
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 443-584) and index.
Subject Headings: United States History War of 1812 Naval operations, British. United States History War of 1812 Participation, African American. Virginia History War of 1812. Plantation life Virginia Tidewater (Region) History. Slaves Virginia Tidewater (Region) History. Slavery Virginia Tidewater (Region) History.
Topical Term: Plantation life
Slaves
Slavery
LCCN: 2013009643
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Dec 04, 2013
  • RickUWS rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This important book is an amazing account for any student of southern or Civil War history, by a professor at the University of Virginia. I grew up steeped in "ole Virginny" lore and history and hold bachelor's and doctor's degrees from U.Va., and 90% of what Prof. Taylor recounts is new and revelatory to me. Never mind that it is wordy and over-documented and deserved better editing, it is essential reading for someone seeking to understand the South's in general and Virginia's in particular mindset leaving the War of 1812 and leading to the pre-war period. I came away at least understanding where they were coming from in their adamant defense of slavery.

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