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.