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California professor repeats history with Pulitzer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The first time historian Alan Taylor won a Pulitzer Prize, he found out when the telephone started ringing with congratulations and interview requests.

The surprise and slight panic Taylor felt 18 years ago repeated themselves Monday when the 58-year-old professor learned via a barrage of emails that he had a won a second Pulitzer for “The Internal Enemy.” The book is about the role slaves in Virginia and Maryland played in the War of 1812.

Taylor was in Philadelphia preparing for a lecture when he found out about the prize, which carries a $10,000 award and the ability to turn his scholarly work into a best-seller.

The native of Portland, Maine, has taught at UC Davis since 1994 and will be transferring to the University of Virginia this summer.

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