The Resource The internal enemy : slavery and war in Virginia, 1772-1832, Alan Taylor

The internal enemy : slavery and war in Virginia, 1772-1832, Alan Taylor

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The internal enemy : slavery and war in Virginia, 1772-1832
Title
The internal enemy
Title remainder
slavery and war in Virginia, 1772-1832
Statement of responsibility
Alan Taylor
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Frederick Douglass recalled that slaves living along Chesapeake Bay longingly viewed sailing ships as "freedom's swift-winged angels." In 1813 those angels appeared in the bay as British warships coming to punish the Americans for declaring war on the empire. Over many nights, hundreds of slaves paddled out to the warships seeking protection for their families from the ravages of slavery. The runaways pressured the British admirals into becoming liberators. As guides, pilots, sailors, and marines, the former slaves used their intimate knowledge of the countryside to transform the war. They enabled the British to escalate their onshore attacks and to capture and burn Washington, D.C. Tidewater masters had long dreaded their slaves as "an internal enemy." By mobilizing that enemy, the war ignited the deepest fears of Chesapeake slaveholders. It also alienated Virginians from a national government that had neglected their defense. Instead they turned south, their interests aligning more and more with their section. In 1820 Thomas Jefferson observed of sectionalism: "Like a firebell in the night [it] awakened and filled me with terror. I considered it at once the knell of the union." The notes of alarm in Jefferson's comment speak of the fear aroused by the recent crisis over slavery in his home state. His vision of a cataclysm to come proved prescient. Jefferson's startling observation registered a turn in the nation's course, a pivot from the national purpose of the founding toward the threat of disunion. Drawn from new sources, Alan Taylor's riveting narrative re-creates the events that inspired black Virginians, haunted slaveholders, and set the nation on a new and dangerous course"--
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Awards note
Pultizer Prize for History, 2014
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1955-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Taylor, Alan
Dewey number
975.5/03
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E445.V8
LC item number
T38 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Slavery
  • Slaves
  • Plantation life
  • Virginia
  • United States
  • United States
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The internal enemy : slavery and war in Virginia, 1772-1832, Alan Taylor
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 557-584) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Revolution -- Night and day -- Blood -- Warships -- Invasion -- Lessons -- Plantation -- Flight -- Fight -- Crisis -- Agents -- Fire bell -- Epilogue -- Acknowledgments -- Appendix A. Corotoman slave families, 1814 -- Appendix B. Numbers
Control code
ocn840934500
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 605 pages
Isbn
9780393073713
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013009643
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)840934500
Label
The internal enemy : slavery and war in Virginia, 1772-1832, Alan Taylor
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 557-584) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Revolution -- Night and day -- Blood -- Warships -- Invasion -- Lessons -- Plantation -- Flight -- Fight -- Crisis -- Agents -- Fire bell -- Epilogue -- Acknowledgments -- Appendix A. Corotoman slave families, 1814 -- Appendix B. Numbers
Control code
ocn840934500
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 605 pages
Isbn
9780393073713
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013009643
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)840934500

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