Alan Shaw Taylor is an American historian, writer, and author of the book, "The Internal Enemy."
Alan Taylor is the author of Thomas Jefferson’s Education published by W. W. Norton & Company in 2019. Thomas Jefferson’s Education tells the story of how Jefferson’s vision for educating the next generations of American came to be. Taking readers through Virginia’s, at time struggling, educational infrastructure, Taylor shows how Jefferson’s experience with education was both shaped by and contributed to his own vision of what a university should look like. Culminating in what is today the University of Virginia, Jefferson’s goals were, as Taylor points out, both achieved and left by the wayside in the complicated development of a university and education system.Taylor is Professor of History and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair at the University of Virginia.Derek Litvak is a Ph.D. student in the department of history at the University of Maryland. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia with equality and enlightenment in mind. In reality, the citizens of the state didn’t share the same values. Alan Taylor, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how a school founded, in part, to end slavery ultimately preserved it. His new book is called “Thomas Jefferson’s Education.”
Alan Taylor is one of the most accomplished historians working today. A two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and professor of history at the University of Virginia, his latest book is American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804. He talks with Colin about the craft of history, his time in California, moving to Virginia, being a loyal Red Sox fan, and, of course, the War of 1812.
Stephen Andrews talks with Alan Taylor, the Thomas Jefferson Chair in American History at the University of Virginia and the author of The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832. In this podcast they discuss how the institution of slavery, enslaved people, and white Virginians were affected by the experience of the American Revolution and the War of 1812. (Recorded in June 2014.)
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Jun 17th, 1955
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