The Internal Enemy

The Internal Enemy

Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832

Book - 2013
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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
0393073718
Characteristics: xiii, 605 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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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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