Book cover of The Hated Cage: An American Tragedy in Britain's Most Terrifying Prison  by Nicholas Guyattby Nicholas Guyatt

A leading historian reveals the never-before-told story of a doomed British prison and the massacre of its American prisoners of war

After the War of 1812, more than five thousand American sailors were marooned in Dartmoor Prison on a barren English plain; the conflict was over but they had been left to rot by their government. Although they shared a common nationality, the men were divided by race: nearly a thousand were Black, and at the behest of the white prisoners, Dartmoor became the first racially segregated prison in US history.

 The Hated Cage documents the extraordinary but separate communities these men built within the prison—and the terrible massacre of nine Americans by prison guards that destroyed these worlds. As white people in the United States debated whether they could live alongside African Americans in freedom, could Dartmoor’s Black and white Americans band together in captivity? Drawing on extensive new material, The Hated Cage is a gripping account of this forgotten history.

Interview with the Author

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Nicholas Guyatt on the War of 1812 and the Massacre at Dartmoor Prison
4/2/22           31 min

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Nicholas Guyatt on the Massacre at Dartmoor Prison
4/9/22             32 min

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Nicholas Guyatt: The Dartmoor Massacre (1815)
5/6/22          63 min

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