The Blackbirder: Captain Crowell Hatch
Crowell Hatch had, like other men who commanded privateers during the Revolution, a background in another risky and profitable market: The slave trade. Crowell Hatch was one of the most notorious "Blackbirders."
This webisode of Hit and Run History takes on a more sinister tone as the crew heads to the South Coast of Massachusetts, following up on an interview from 2009 with James Lopes at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
Producer and host historian Andrew Giles Buckley's discussion centers on the brutality of Hatch's day. To better understand how people can become so deeply involved in the dehumanizing business of slavery, we only need look to the pre-war events of Hatch's hometown to see how differently Americans regarded their fellow man in the 18th century.