Taylor was awarded the prize for his book, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832, published by W.W. Norton & Company in 2013. According to reviewer and distinguished historian Peter Onuf, Taylor’s work “illuminates the crucial role runaway slaves played in the devastating British campaign that led to Washington D.C.’s burning. Deeply researched and movingly told, The Internal Enemy is a great historian’s masterwork.”
In addition to this year’s Pulitzer, Taylor has already been awarded the National Book Award for nonfiction for The Internal Enemy. The 2014 award is also his second Pulitzer. He was originally awarded the prize in 1996, along with a Bancroft Prize and the Beveridge Award for his work William Cooper’s Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic.
Taylor recently arrived at the University of Virginia, and will begin teaching in August as the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Chair in the Corcoran Department of History in the College of Arts & Sciences.
Congratulations to all of the winners!