The Hated Cage: An American Tragedy in Britain's Most Terrifying Prison

The Hated Cage: An American Tragedy in Britain's Most Terrifying Prison

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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.



Author: Nicholas Guyatt
Publisher: Basic Books
Published: 04/05/2022
Pages: 432
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.40lbs
Size: 9.40h x 5.90w x 1.60d
ISBN: 9781541645660

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 01/03/2022
Booklist 02/15/2022 pg. 14
Library Journal 03/01/2022 pg. 146