Tuesday May 31, 2022

Jared R. Hardesty - Mutiny on the Rising Sun

This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Way Back When" Show features Jared R. Hardesty, who discusses his latest book, “Mutiny on the Rising Sun: A Tragic Tale of Slavery, Smuggling, and Chocolate” (NYU Press).

On the night of June 1, 1743, terror struck the schooner Rising Sun. After completing a routine smuggling voyage where the crew sold enslaved Africans in exchange for chocolate, sugar, and coffee in the Dutch colony of Suriname, the ship traveled eastward along the South American coast. Believing there was an opportunity to steal the lucrative cargo and make a new life for themselves, three sailors snuck below deck, murdered four people, and seized control of the vessel.  "Mutiny on the Rising Sun" recounts the origins, events, and eventual fate of the Rising Sun’s final smuggling voyage in vivid detail.

Jared R. Hardesty is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Western Washington University and author of "Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston" and "Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History of Slavery in New England."

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