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

Author: Alan Taylor
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"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
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Taylor
ISBN: 9780393073713 0393073718 9780393349733 039334973X
OCLC Number: 840934500
Description: xiii, 605 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Revolution --
Night and day --
Blood --
Warships --
Invasion --
Lessons --
Plantation --
Flight --
Fight --
Crisis --
Agents --
Fire bell --
Epilogue --
Appendix A: Corotoman enslaved families, 1814 --
Appendix B: Numbers.
Responsibility: Alan Taylor.
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Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for History This searing story of slavery and freedom in the Chesapeake by a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian reveals the pivot in the nation's path between the  Read more...

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