Alan Taylor is an American historian specializing in early American history. He has won the Pulitzer Prize for History twice, for his books 'William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic' in 1996 and 'The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772–1832' in 2014. Taylor's work often focuses on the colonial history of the United States, the early republic, and the Atlantic world. His scholarship is known for its depth of research and engaging narrative style.
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"William Cooper's Town" is a historical narrative that explores the life of William Cooper, a self-made man who became a judge and congressman in early America. The book delves into the economic, political, and social transformation of America during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, using Cooper's life and the development of Cooperstown, New York as a microcosm. The author also analyzes the impact of Cooper's famous son, a novelist who portrayed the American frontier and its Native American inhabitants.
"The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832" examines the impact of slavery and war on Virginia from the late 18th to early 19th century. It highlights the role of slaves who sought freedom by allying with British forces during the War of 1812, causing a significant internal threat to the slaveholding society. The book also explores the aftermath of these events, including the tightening of slave laws and the increasing fear of slave rebellions.