Ben Franklin’s World: Episode 016: Alan Taylor, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832

Here’s historian Alan Taylor appearing on Liz Covart’s excellent podcast, “Ben Franklin’s World.” He’s talking about slavery in Virginia in the Revolution and the War of 1812.

We’ll learn these things from the podcast:

  • How Alan came to investigate slavery and war in Virginia
  • The resettlement of African American refugees in Nova Scotia after the War of 1812
  • How many African Americans escaped from the United States during the War of 1812
  • What the “Internal Enemy” was and why Virginians feared it
  • The demographics of Virginia in the early 19th century
  • Virginians’ attitudes towards slaves and the institution of slavery during the early 19th century
  • How slaves in Virginia lived, worked, and how their masters treated them
  • Why Lord Dunmore issued his Proclamation of 1775 and whether his actions achieved success
  • Information about entail: What it was and how it became entangled with slavery
  • Whether Virginia attempted to end slavery after the American Revolution
  • Why Great Britain decided to suppress the international slave trade after 1800
  • Why Great Britain formed African American military units in the West Indies
  • Examples of slave escape stories from the War of 1812
  • How Alan learned so much about the escaped slaves that appear throughout The Internal Enemy

You can access the podcast at the website here.


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