Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor Alan Shaw Taylor will give the 2015 Tracy W. and Katherine W. McGregor Distinguished Lecture in American History: Blood from the Sky: Slavery, Violence, and Fear in Jefferson’s Virginia on Thursday, October 15, 2015. The lecture will be held at 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. Space may be limited.
Professor Taylor has taught early American History, the history of the American West, and the history of Canada in the Corcoran History Department since 2014. Prior to coming to U.Va., Taylor was Professor of History at the University of California, Davis, for twenty years. Mr. Taylor is a nationally recognized scholar, having twice won the Pulitzer Prize in American History—first in 1996 for William Cooper’s Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early Republic and again in 2014 for The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia 1772–1832. Mr. Taylor is the author of seven books, dozens of articles and reviews, and the winner of numerous national teaching and academic prizes.
“Blood from the Sky: Slavery, Violence, and Fear in Jefferson’s Virginia” will examine fears of slave uprisings in Virginia after the American Revolution and the implications of that fear for the evolution of racial concepts. The talk will especially focus on freedom suits brought by the enslaved and key rulings by the jurists George Wythe and St. George Tucker.
A light reception will follow the lecture.