Book Launch and Signing: The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832
In Post-Revolutionary Virginia, political and social transformations shaped the fledgling Republic. The old colonial elite were challenged by a new class of market-minded capitalists. Powerful state and federal governments clashed. The gentry fought to preserve their privilege against the rising tide of enfranchised commoners. Underlying all these conflicts was the issue of slavery – an institution in decline in Virginia but thriving in the cotton lands further south.
Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor creates a popular history which never loses sight of the human triumph and tragedy of the period. He intertwines the stories of military and political elite with the voices of common civilians and soldiers, and brings to light previously untold stories of the hundreds of enslaved Virginians who launched their own struggles for freedom in the era from the American Revolution through the War of 1812.
Alan Taylor has won the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes for his histories of early America. He is the Thomas Jefferson Professor of History at the University of Virginia.
6:00 – 7:00pm, Talk at the Milstein Theater, Monticello’s Visitors Center (doors will open at 5:30pm)
7:00 – 8:00pm, Book selling and signing in Monticello’s Museum Shop