U.S. History

2014 Pulitzer Prize for History: "The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832"

Alan Taylor

About the Program

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor recounts the impact that slaves in Virginia had on the War of 1812.  The author reports that upon the British invasion, slaves in Virginia sought their freedom by escaping to British ships moored in the Chesapeake Bay.  Once aboard they imparted their understanding of local geography to assist the British Army.  Alan Taylor speaks at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Alan Taylor's The Internal Enemy is a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award for non-fiction.

About the Authors

Alan Taylor

Alan Taylor is the author of William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic, recipient of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for history.  He is a history professor at the University of Virginia.  Mr. Taylor's The Internal Enemy is a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award for non-fiction.


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Program Information

2014 Pulitzer Prize for History: "The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832"

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Past Airings

  • Sunday, November 17th at 3pm (ET)
  • Monday, October 28th at 7am (ET)
  • Saturday, October 26th at 11pm (ET)
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