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

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

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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.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : W.W. Norton & Company, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393073713
Branch Call Number: 975.503 TAYLO
Characteristics: xiii, 605 pages : illustrations, maps ; cm


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There's a history of black slaves aiding the British in navigating the American countryside during the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. The slaves were bargaining for their freedom.

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RickUWS Dec 04, 2013

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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