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Taylor, Alan 1955-

Overview
Works: 44 works in 182 publications in 1 language and 12,526 library holdings
Genres: History  Union catalogs  Reviews  Textbooks  Educational films  Juvenile works  Children's films  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Short films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Commentator
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Most widely held works by Alan Taylor
American colonies by Alan Taylor( Book )

30 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 2,710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Challenges the traditional Anglocentric focus of colonial history by examining the various cultural influences from which the United States emerged and documenting the intricate ecological, ethnic, and economic history of the New World
The civil war of 1812 : American citizens, British subjects, Irish rebels, & Indian allies by Alan Taylor( Book )

17 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, the author, a Pulitzer Prize winning historian tells the story of a war that redefined North America. During the early nineteenth century, Britons and Americans renewed their struggle over the legacy of the American Revolution. Soldiers, immigrants, settlers, and Indians fought in a northern borderland to determine the fate of a continent. Would revolutionary republicanism sweep the British from Canada? Or would the British empire contain, divide, and ruin the shaky American republic? In a world of double identities, slippery allegiances, and porous boundaries, the leaders of the republic and of the empire struggled to control their own diverse peoples. The border divided Americans, former Loyalists and Patriots, who fought on both sides in the new war, as did native peoples defending their homelands. Serving in both armies, Irish immigrants battled one another, reaping charges of rebellion and treason. And dissident Americans flirted with secession while aiding the British as smugglers and spies. During the war, both sides struggled to sustain armies in a northern land of immense forests, vast lakes, and stark seasonal swings in the weather. In that environment, many soldiers panicked as they fought their own vivid imaginations, which cast Indians as bloodthirsty savages. After fighting each other to a standstill, the Americans and the British concluded that they could safely share the continent along a border that favored the United States at the expense of Canadians and Indians. Both sides then celebrated victory by forgetting their losses and by betraying the native peoples. This narrative of an often brutal and sometimes comic war reveals much about the tangled origins of the United States and Canada
The divided ground : Indians, settlers and the northern borderland of the American Revolution by Alan Taylor( Book )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The changing relationship of Joseph Brant, a young Mohawk, and Samuel Kirkland, the son of a colonial clergyman is set against the role of the Native American peoples in North America during the American Revolution
William Cooper's town : power and persuasion on the frontier of the early American republic by Alan Taylor( Book )

19 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this story of a frontier village in the early American Republic, Alan Taylor explores the lives of Judge William Cooper and the novelist James Fenimore Cooper - father and son. As frontier speculator, landlord, and politician, the father played a leading role in the conquest, resettlement, and environmental transformation of the early nation. Drawing upon his childhood memories of the New York frontier, the son created the historical fictions that made him the most popular, influential, and controversial American novelist of the early nineteenth century. Taylor makes it clear that in a rapidly changing nation William Cooper's development of Cooperstown and his son's creation of the village of Templeton in The Pioneers were different stages of a common effort, over two generations, to create, sustain, and justify a wealthy and powerful estate. Both sought that unity of social, economic, political, and cultural authority idealized in colonial America but at odds with the legacy of the American Revolution. William Cooper's Town combines biography, social history, and literary analysis. By breaching the barriers that separate political, social, and literary history, Taylor reveals the interplay of frontier settlement and narrative-making in the early American Republic. He examines how Americans resolved their revolution through the creation of new property, new power, and new stories along their extensive frontier
The internal enemy : slavery and war in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor( Book )

4 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Frederick Douglass recalled that slaves living along Chesapeake Bay longingly viewed sailing ships as "freedom's swift-winged angels." In 1813 those angels appeared in the bay as British warships coming to punish the Americans for declaring war on the empire. Over many nights, hundreds of slaves paddled out to the warships seeking protection for their families from the ravages of slavery. The runaways pressured the British admirals into becoming liberators. As guides, pilots, sailors, and marines, the former slaves used their intimate knowledge of the countryside to transform the war. They enabled the British to escalate their onshore attacks and to capture and burn Washington, D.C. Tidewater masters had long dreaded their slaves as "an internal enemy." By mobilizing that enemy, the war ignited the deepest fears of Chesapeake slaveholders. It also alienated Virginians from a national government that had neglected their defense. Instead they turned south, their interests aligning more and more with their section. In 1820 Thomas Jefferson observed of sectionalism: "Like a firebell in the night [it] awakened and filled me with terror. I considered it at once the knell of the union." The notes of alarm in Jefferson's comment speak of the fear aroused by the recent crisis over slavery in his home state. His vision of a cataclysm to come proved prescient. Jefferson's startling observation registered a turn in the nation's course, a pivot from the national purpose of the founding toward the threat of disunion. Drawn from new sources, Alan Taylor's riveting narrative re-creates the events that inspired black Virginians, haunted slaveholders, and set the nation on a new and dangerous course"--
American revolutions : a continental history, 1750-1804 by Alan Taylor( Book )

7 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 1,354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The American Revolution is often portrayed as a high-minded, orderly event whose capstone, the Constitution, provided the ideal framework for a democratic, prosperous nation. Alan Taylor, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, gives us a different creation story in this magisterial history of the nation's founding. Rising out of the continental rivalries of European empires and their native allies, Taylor's Revolution builds like a ground fire overspreading Britain's mainland colonies, fueled by local conditions, destructive, hard to quell. Conflict ignited on the frontier, where settlers clamored to push west into Indian lands against British restrictions, and in the seaboard cities, where commercial elites mobilized riots and boycotts to resist British tax policies. When war erupted, Patriot crowds harassed Loyalists and nonpartisans into compliance with their cause. Brutal guerrilla violence flared all along the frontier from New York to the Carolinas, fed by internal divisions as well as the clash with Britain. Taylor skillfully draws France, Spain, and native powers into a comprehensive narrative of the war that delivers the major battles, generals, and common soldiers with insight and power. With discord smoldering in the fragile new nation through the 1780s, nationalist leaders such as James Madison and Alexander Hamilton sought to restrain unruly state democracies and consolidate power in a Federal Constitution. Assuming the mantle of "We the People," the advocates of national power ratified the new frame of government. But their opponents prevailed in the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, whose vision of a western "empire of liberty" aligned with the long-standing, expansive ambitions of frontier settlers. White settlement and black slavery spread west, setting the stage for a civil war that nearly destroyed the union created by the founders."--Jacket flap
Liberty men and great proprietors : the revolutionary settlement on the Maine frontier, 1760-1820 by Alan Taylor( Book )

7 editions published between 1990 and 2001 in English and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Colonial America : a very short introduction by Alan Taylor( Book )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over the last generation, historians have broadened our understanding of colonial America by examining the interplay of Europe, Africa, and the Americans through the flow of goods, people, plants, animals, capital, and ideas. Alan Taylor presents an engaging overview of this new scholarship, showing that American colonization derived from a global expansion of European exploration and commerce that began in the fifteenth century. The English had to share the stage with French, Spanish, Dutch, and Russians, each of whom created alternative Americas. Taylor also focuses on slavery as central to the economy, culture, and political thought of the colonists and on the importance of native peoples to the colonial story. This book describes an intermingling of cultures and of microbes, plants, and animals from different continents that was unparalleled in global history."--Jacket
New England : a bibliography of its history by Committee for a New England Bibliography( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writing early American history by Alan Taylor( Book )

7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How is American history written? In a series of review essays, Alan Taylor provides his own answer to this question." "Together these reviews provide the general reader a rich introduction to their subjects. The books reviewed span an enormous range of scholarship, from popular biographies of Founding Fathers, to investigations of murders of prostitutes, to discussions of frontier technology."--Jacket
Lewis & Clark : journey to another America( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The civil war of 1812 by Alan Taylor( Recording )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the War of 1812 not as the conventionally understood second war for independence, but as a civil war waged in the context of a U.S.-Canadian boundary barely separating kindred peoples, recently and incompletely divided by the revolution. Upper Canada (Ontario) was the scene of bitter conflict between two sets of immigrants: Loyalist refugees from the Revolutionary War and more recent American arrivals hoping to bring the region into the U.S. In New England, antiwar sentiment was strong enough to bring the region close to secession. Irish immigrants, many of them republican in sympathy, found Canada, with its developing monarchical ethos, less than welcoming. The Indians of the Northwest found themselves sandwiched between two alien and expansionist cultures unconcerned for Native Americans' welfare
The colonization of North America( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of the colonization of North America, from the European situations that encouraged migration to America, to the adventurous explorers and settlers and their quests for riches or religious freedom, to the friendships and conflict between the colonists and Native Americans
American colonies by Alan Taylor( )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the first volume in the Penguin History of the United States series, edited by Eric Foner, Alan Taylor challenges the traditional story of colonial history by examining the many cultures that helped make America, from the native inhabitants from millennia past, through the decades of Western colonization and conquest, and across the entire continent, all the way to the Pacific coast
American revolutions : a continental history, 1750-1804 by Alan Taylor( )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American Revolution is often portrayed as a high-minded, orderly event whose capstone, the Constitution, provided the ideal framework for a democratic, prosperous nation. Alan Taylor, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, gives us a different creation story in this magisterial history of the nation's founding. Rising out of the continental rivalries of European empires and their native allies, Taylor's Revolution builds like a ground fire overspreading Britain's mainland colonies, fueled by local conditions, destructive, hard to quell. Conflict ignited on the frontier, where settlers clamored to push west into Indian lands against British restrictions, and in the seaboard cities, where commercial elites mobilized riots and boycotts to resist British tax policies. When war erupted, Patriot crowds harassed Loyalists and nonpartisans into compliance with their cause. Brutal guerrilla violence flared all along the frontier from New York to the Carolinas, fed by internal divisions as well as the clash with Britain. Taylor skillfully draws France, Spain, and native powers into a comprehensive narrative of the war that delivers the major battles, generals, and common soldiers with insight and power. With discord smoldering in the fragile new nation through the 1780s, nationalist leaders such as James Madison and Alexander Hamilton sought to restrain unruly state democracies and consolidate power in a Federal Constitution. Assuming the mantle of "We the People," the advocates of national power ratified the new frame of government. But their opponents prevailed in the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, whose vision of a western "empire of liberty" aligned with the long-standing, expansive ambitions of frontier settlers. White settlement and black slavery spread west, setting the stage for a civil war that nearly destroyed the union created by the founders
Squaring the circles : the reach of colonial America by Alan Taylor( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prentice Hall United States history. by Emma J Lapsansky-Werner( Book )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Prentice Hall's United States History program meets the way you teach and the way your students learn with various pathways into the content for all levels and types of learners. United States History makes social studies accessible for students helping both students and teachers succeed. Bridging the gap between the digital way students live and learn, this program makes the textbook the "diving board" into a larger pool of content that is hands-on, digital, and customizable. The program will help students connect to prior knowledge, provide multiple ways to explore and learn more, and transfer what they have learned to new content and new ideas."--Publisher
United States History : Reconstruction to the Present by Emma J Lapsansky-Werner( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Pearson is excited to announce its NEW United States History program! Designed to help prepare students to be college and career ready all while unlocking the exciting story of our nation’s history, Pearson United States History invites students to explore the enduring issues that continue to shape our nation’s history. The program bridges time-tested best practices, curriculum standard expectations, and technology to help prepare students to be college and career ready all while unlocking the exciting story of our nation’s history"--provided by publisher
The internal enemy : slavery and war in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor( Recording )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This searing story of slavery and freedom in the Chesapeake reveals the pivot in the nation₂s path between the founding and civil war. Alan Taylor's riveting narrative re-creates the events that inspired black Virginians, haunted slaveholders, and set the nation on a new and dangerous course
William Cooper's town by Alan Taylor( Recording )

2 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historian Alan Taylor won a Pulitzer Prize for this extraordinary study of a father and son, who embodied the contradicitons that divided America in the early days of the Republic. William Cooper rose from humble origins to become a wealthy land speculator and U.S. congressman in what had until lately been the wilderness of upstate New York. But his high-handed style of governing resulted in his fall from power and political disgrace. His son, James Fenimore Cooper, became one of this country's first popular novelists, The Pioneers. In it, he tried to come to terms with his father's failure and to reclaim in literature the estate he had lost in life. William Cooper's Town dramatizes the clash between gentility and democracy that was one of the principal consequences of the American Revolution. As Alan Taylor insists, this decisive conflict was played out in the polls and on the pages of our national literature
 
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The civil war of 1812 : American citizens, British subjects, Irish rebels, & Indian alliesThe divided ground : Indians, settlers and the northern borderland of the American RevolutionWilliam Cooper's town : power and persuasion on the frontier of the early American republicLiberty men and great proprietors : the revolutionary settlement on the Maine frontier, 1760-1820Writing early American historyLewis & Clark : journey to another America