The Internal Enemy Slavery and War in Virginia Frederick Douglass recalled that slaves living along Chesapeake Bay longingly viewed sailing ships as freedom s swift winged angels In those angels appeared in the bay as British warships coming

  • Title: The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832
  • Author: Alan Taylor
  • ISBN: 9780393349733
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 ravFrederick 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 and 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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      Alan Shaw Taylor is a historian specializing in early American history He is the author of a number of books about colonial America, the American Revolution, and the Early American Republic He has won a Pulitzer Prize and the Bancroft Prize for his work.Taylor graduated from Colby College, in Waterville, Maine, in 1977 and earned his Ph.D from Brandeis University in 1986 Currently a professor of history at the University of California, Davis, he will join the faculty of the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia in 2014.



    2 thoughts on “The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832

    1. Taylor begins with a familiar rundown of slaves escaping to the British during the American Revolution, and the paranoia this inspired among Virginians (especially as new land rules ended entail and primogeniture--increasing slave ownership by breaking up large holding while simultaneously sundering existing slave families). The narrative really takes off during the War of 1812, when Taylor teases out the means by which slave kin networks, often led by women, decided that young men should escape [...]

    2. A leisurely summer stroll through the beautifully-maintained restored buildings and grounds of Colonial Williamsburg is a wonderful excursion back in time to an era on the cusp of revolution. Touring the Governor’s Palace, the Courthouse, and the taverns and churches that lined the main streets of the old village that was, at one point, our capital city is a glorious reminder of how far we have come as a nation.Yet, even as we see the birth of our nation’s independence and the beginnings of [...]

    3. White Virginians lived in fear that the people they enslaved would turn on them. They had reason to be afraid, not only of a violent uprising but also of the determination of enslaved people to escape bondage any way they could. Taylor opens a window onto enslaved people's resistance in Virginia during the War of 1812 and shows the processes by which several thousand enslaved people gained their freedom by siding with the British.

    4. If your mental map of American history is like mine, it may jump rather directly from 1776 and 1787, Declaration and Constitution to 1860 and the Civil War. The early 19th century sits there like a vast vague blob of things you and I should have remembered from high school but probably don't. What the heck really happened in America in the first half of the 19th century. Let's see. Uh. Westward Expansion? The Second Great Religious Awakening? A Bunch of Obscure Presidents? Bloody Kansas? Harper' [...]

    5. This winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for History is an extensively researched and wonderfully readable history of slavery in Virginia focusing on the impact that slavery had in Virginia on events during the War of 1812. Slavery in Virginia was a two-edged sword. It provided needed labor for the cash crops upon which the Virginia economy was based while also creating both fear and loathing on every side. Taylor describes slave owners as living in a "cocoon of dread" for the day when their slave [...]

    6. Review of: The Internal Enemy: Slavery and the War in Virginia 1772-1832, by Alan Taylorby Stan Prager (2-9-16) Every now and again I read a nonfiction book that fits neatly into the geography of multiple areas of scholarship that I have been pursuing, reinforcing previous ground covered, rounding out the sharp edges of probes made into unexplored territory, while bringing an original and entirely new perspective to certain corners of the terrain. Such is the case for the superlative Pulitzer pr [...]

    7. This book could have been a bit dense, were it not for the fact that the author used the personal history of a specific family in Virginia to illustrate the points of the bigger picture. So that, plus the fact that the bigger picture seems to me to be a really important (and, to my knowledge, overlooked) part of the story of the early years of the US, makes it a book well worth reading. The story of the black slaves of Virginia and their role in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 is fasci [...]

    8. As the title suggests, this book deals with the question, what was the impact of slavery on the conduct of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 in Virginia? A short answer: the nation, and especially Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay watershed, were more vulnerable and less capable of fighting the British because of the institution of slavery. The revolution is passed over quickly, however; the War of 1812 is the real focus. The great denouement, the point of all the groundwork laid along the [...]

    9. Terrific contribution to American history, particularly when examining the lives of slaves. The book has a particular point of view, which I have greatly come to appreciate as I read more history. The author takes every opportunity to expose Thomas Jefferson’s racism in action, while he mostly acquits George Washington (even contextualizing his grandson’s financial/social inability to free his slave). Conversely, the author also takes every opportunity to state that the slaves were almost un [...]

    10. “The Internal Enemy” is a masterful exploration of slavery’s evolving implications on the social, political and racial attitudes of Virginians in the sixty years following the Revolutionary War. At the time of the Revolution slavery was generally seen by the founding generation as a moribund practice with a limited economic future - a “necessary evil” whose existence was in irreconcilable conflict with the Enlightenment ideals of liberty and equality that inspired the revolution. Over [...]

    11. This book is evidence of what a diligent researcher and excellent story teller can do with primary documents. Often, one learns more from a micro viewpoint of history than from a broad brush treatment of a subject. Taylor focuses on a 50+ year segment of the history of slavery in Virginia with a focus on the Northern Neck, that peninsula that has shoreline on Chesapeake Bay. He spends most of his time on the years before and after the War of 1812 which ought to be called The War That Started in [...]

    12. This is the follow-up to the Civil War of 1812, this time in Virginia. Great book on a topic that hasn't been covered enough--how Virginia transformed from flirting to end slavery after the Revolution, to how they became fiercely pro-slavery by 19th-cen. Book is really story of two people: Virginians trying to control the "internal enemy" and the story of slaves trying to win their freedom. Slavery went from an outdated institution to a celebrated one after the Revolution. Rhetoric embracing equ [...]

    13. A Mostly Absorbing, Moving, and Harrowing HistoryThe Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia 1772-1832 (2013) by Alan Taylor focuses on "the social complexities of slavery" during the War of 1812 in Virginia, setting its historical narrative in a larger context ranging throughout the USA and British empire and from just before the American Revolution to Nat Turner's 1831 uprising. Taylor quotes many letters, diaries, and "war related or war generated documents" to bring to life the personali [...]

    14. As a casual student of history , I have always felt that the War of 1812 was not fully detailed to my satisfaction. After reading this somewhat lengthy book, I can understand some of the reasons.The "Internal Enemy" of the title were the slaves that toiled in the tidewater area of the Chesapeake. During the war U.S. citizens had to contend not only with the British troops raiding and attacking their lands, the "Internal Enemy" were busy joining and aiding the British in order to escape harsh sla [...]

    15. Much detail and dates, but without a consistent main character the book lacked a cohesive timeline. The story of runaway slaves is fascinating, brave men and women with strong family ties during disunity in American states. British ships brought the slaves and the slaves fought with the British in the war of 1812 hopeful to win their freedom. America had much to lose and fear in abolishing slavery. Interesting statistics and stories from Virginia slaves, owners and politicians.

    16. I can't say if I actually finished this book or not. I read it as an ebook from the library and kept having to return it and check it out again. By about 1/3 of the way in, the author's argument and the anecdotes he uses to illustrate started to feel very deja vu. I enjoyed the window into this phenomenon but I think it would have worked better as a shorter piece.

    17. I learned a lot about my own state's role in upholding the conditions of slavery, but I often found the text highly focused on particular aspects and mostly upon white people rather than highlighting black agency more strongly.

    18. "During the early nineteenth century, Virginians thought of blacks in two radically different ways. On the one hand, masters often felt secure with, and even protective of, particular slaves well known to them. But when thinking of all slaves collectively, the Virginians imagined a dreaded 'internal enemy' who might, at any moment, rebel in a midnight massacre to butcher white men, women, and children in their beds."So writes Alan Taylor in his informative if repetitive The Internal Enemy: Slave [...]

    19. Taylor is a renowned historian of the late Revolutionary and early republic eras of US history. Hearing him speak at Howard University in 2014, he remarked about how he found a cache of letters from formerly enslaved people to their former Chesapeake owners in the early 1800s. He was surprised at the number of letters, with pointed rebukes of not only slavery but the characters of the owners, as well as kind words for children and loved ones left behind. Digging further, Taylor began to understa [...]

    20. The perspective of The Internal Enemy is what I enjoyed most. The War of 1812 accounted for about half of this books contents. But since the author Alan Taylor was coming at this book with a viewpoint of focusing on slavery, its hypocrisy and wrongness, he gave a different take on the War of 1812 than most Americans typically hear. During the time period of the War of 1812, America was a land of slavery, Britain was not a land of slavery. Thus, how could an author writing a book against slavery [...]

    21. This was a good choice for Black History month. The book documents how slaves in Virginia sought to take advantage of the War of 1812 to free themselves by joining the British. At the same time, the slave holders feared a slave insurrection. We see the views from three sides, the slaves, the slave holders, and the British. The reader also sees how the tension grew and attitudes hardened as a prelude to the Civil War. Meticulously documented.

    22. It's enlightening to see how much conflict (culturally and personally/internally) there already was about slavery decades before the Civil War. Even slave owners weren't ignorant of the fact that it was abhorrent, but they ignored their consciences and chose their own enrichment. It's shocking to see how aware they were, and yet how easily they caused such extreme suffering for so many children, women, and men in order to pay their personal debts so they could live beyond their means.

    23. My appreciation of American history has been transformed after reading three books: this one, "The Warmth of Other Suns" and "The New Jim Crow". Together they paint a picture of a stark, racist core to the culture and politics that persists to the present. This book tells of the slave reaction to the War of 1812 and opportunities for emancipation by escape to the English. The focus is on Virginia where the Englsh naval incursions around the Chesepeake offered slaves with the best chances for fre [...]

    24. This book is fantastic. While starting out with largely a series of narrative vignettes about slavery in Virginia and how it changed after the US won its independence, the remainder of the book focused on the war of 1812. Viewing the war through the lens of slavey in Virginia, however, elucidated it in many interesting ways and the book framed the next 50 years of US history leading up to the civil war more coherently, convincingly and clearly then anything I had read before. While Dred Scott, t [...]

    25. This book is an interesting blend of academic and popular history. Taylor puts forth a compelling argument, but it's not as well written or organized as American colonies. Nevertheless, I got a lot out of this in-depth study of slavery, war, and society in colonial Virginia. The book centers around the War of 1812, in which the British raided Virginian plantations and became a means for slaves to escape. There are some compelling parallels between Virginia's inability to protect itself during th [...]

    26. The Internal Enemy focuses it's attention on a very narrow segment of the population, geographical area, and time period during American history. There was a lot of information that I learned concerning slavery, the treatment of slaves, the culture of the slaves and the slave owners, the reasons for wanting or not wanting to escape slavery, and the methods of running away.Most of this book dealt with issue of run away slaves and their assistance to the British military during the War of 1812. It [...]

    27. Overall I enjoyed reading this book. I’m not sure that others interested in history for purely entertainment/leisure would find this a gripping read. Some parts of Taylor’s prose become extremely tedious as he dissects the generational inheritances of a plantation and the evolution of discipline and correction on that plantation (Corrottoman). Despite its title about 350 of 435 pages focus on the War of 1812, with an introductory and conclusion that brings in the period 1776-1812 and 1815-18 [...]

    28. I read the other Alan Taylor book about the Civil War of 1812, but the Internal Enemy has slavery at the Center. VA was the state with the largest number of enslaved people, but in the Tidewater area there was disease and other problems. As the Republicans pushed for the war against Britian, which takes place both along the Canada border and the Atlantic coast, the Chesapeake is very vulnerable because of the history of British freeing enslaved people during the Revolutionary war and the economi [...]

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