The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832

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About the Author
Charles FasanaroCharles Fasanaro withdrew from his graduate studies in chemistry at North Carolina State University in 1967 to work for Behavior Systems, Inc., training dogs to detect landmines and trip wires in Vietnam. In 1969, he went to Vietnam as a civilian volunteer to work on a secret project designed to identify innocent villagers from the Viet Cong as well as to assist the mine-dog platoon members. His work saved many lives.When he returned from Vietnam, he earned his M.A.R. with distinction from the Iliff School of Theology and his Ph.D. in philosophy of religion from the joint doctoral program at Iliff/University of Denver. His 50+ years of teaching included faculty positions at the University of Colorado at Boulder and St. John's College in Santa Fe, NM. He earned the RL Stearns Award for Outstanding Faculty Achievement at CU-Boulder (the university's highest honor), Master Scholar from the University of Denver, and Alumni of the Year at Iliff. Ever since he returned from Vietnam in 1969, he has been counseling combat veterans, helping them to conquer PTS, and transition to productive citizens and family members.Alan TaylorIn addition to being a freelance writer for many decades contributing numerous articles for regional and national publications on a variety of subjects, Alan Taylor taught composition at the University of Colorado, Boulder, from 1986-1993, earned his M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John's College in Santa Fe, NM, then taught English at Santa Fe Preparatory School in Santa Fe, NM, for 19 years, where he was honored with the Griffin Chair for Inspirational Teaching and the Shelton/Whitehill Grant for Teaching Excellence.
An extraordinary story [told] in vivid prose and compelling detail. Taylor . . . has important things to say about slavery, about war, and about America.--James Oakes
One of the greatest works of American history I have ever read. . . . This elegantly written and carefully researched volume shatters a good deal of received wisdom.--Stephen L. Carter
Alan Taylor has added a remarkable chapter to American history, showing how the actions of black Virginians in the War of 1812 remade the nation's politics in ways that profoundly influenced the racialized lead-up to the Civil War. Taylor's meticulous research and crystal-clear prose make this essential reading for anyone seeking new insights into a troubled American past.--Elizabeth A. Fenn, author of Pox Americana
A comprehensive, scholarly work, made accessible by Taylor's skill as a storyteller.--Kel Munger