Ben Franklin's World: A Podcast About Early American History

Slavery & the War of 1812 in Virginia

February 10, 201542 min
Discover how slavery almost cost the U.S. its second war for independence, the War of 1812. The United States claimed victory in the War of 1812, but did you know that the British nearly won the war by promising freedom to escaped slaves in Virginia and Maryland? In this episode, 2-time Pulitzer Prize winner Alan Taylor reveals how Virginia’s “Internal Enemy” almost cost the United States the War of 1812, its second war for independence.

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