2019 marked the 200th anniversary of the ill-fated Ten Brothers voyage, which
may well be the most important story about New England you have never heard.
Don’t feel embarrassed; great pains were taken to ensure you never would.

Available soon, wherever you get your podcasts:

By the team that produces the Southern Poverty Law Center’s flagship podcast Teaching Hard History in collaboration with Atlantic Black Box, the forthcoming Diseased Ship podcast recounts in 12 episodes the ill-fated voyage of the Ten Brothers, a vessel that traced a suspicious triangle on the Atlantic as it sailed from Boston to West Africa to the West Indies and back to home port, ultimately unleashing a yellow fever epidemic that devastated the eastern seaboard in 1819. How could a story this big have been forgotten? In the same way, it turns out, that New England conveniently managed to forget its economic ascent was due to the region’s deep complicity in the slave trade. Eminently timely, as our nation grapples with both COVID-19 and the legacies of 1619, The Diseased Ship podcast will allow listeners to map the Ten Brothers’ trajectory onto a broader regional and national history, helping to elucidate the origins of our twin plagues.

With generous support from the Maine Humanities Council.

Help make this important journey possible.

Press for The Diseased Ship & Atlantic Black Box

Audio Interviews

Maine Public Radio
“Maine’s Role in the Slave Trade: Research Uncovers Significant Slave Trading in New England,” Interview by Keith Shortall  with Kate McMahon, museum specialist, Center for the Study of Global Slavery, National Museum of African American History & Culture and Meadow Dibble, director, Atlantic Black Box; visiting scholar, Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Brown University  |  January 21, 2020 | Listen here

WOMR Provincetown
Pandora Peoples interviews Meadow Dibble about Cape Cod Merchant Sea Captains and the Slave Trade on the show “Healing Wisdom”  |  January 2, 2020  |  Listen here

WOMR Provincetown
Ira Wood interviews Meadow Dibble on “The Lowdown”  |  6/19/18  | Listen here


“Unearthing the Cape’s Connection to the Slave Trade,” by Susan Blood in The Banner | 8/24/18  |  Read here

“Shore Lore: A Brewster Slave Trade?” by Don Wilding in The Cape Codder  |  7/14/18  |  Read here

“Were Cape Sea Captains Involved in the Slave Trade? Harwich Talk Explores Controversial Topic” by Debra Lawless in The Cape Cod Chronicle  |  5/9/18  |  Read here


August 4, 2020  |  Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (virtual)
July 24, 2020  |  Maine Conservation Voters (virtual)
March 14, 2020  |  WAVS Podcasting Conference  | Brown University (virtual)
November 21-23, 2019  |  National Race Amity Conference  | Boston, MA
October 23, 2019  |  University of Southern Maine  |  Portland, ME
October 19, 2019  | Saint Joan of Arc Church  |  Orleans, MA
September 30, 2019  |  Maine College of Art  |  Portland, ME
August 7-8, 2019  |  Holocaust & Human Rights Center  |  Augusta, ME
April 18, 2019  |  Orleans Men’s Club  |  Orleans, MA
February 23, 2019  |  SEA Education Association  |  Woods Hole, MA
November 13, 2018  |  Marstons Mills Historical Society  |  Marstons Mills, MA
August 23, 2018  |  Truro Highland House Museum  |  Truro, MA
June 27, 2018  |  Snow Public Library  |  Orleans, MA
May 19, 2018  |  Harwich Cultural Center  |  Harwich, MA
May 12, 2018  |  Sturgis Public Charter School West  |  Hyannis, MA
February 24, 2018  |  Falmouth Public Library  |  Falmouth, MA
February 11, 2018  |  First Parish Universalist Unitarian  |  Brewster, MA
February 10, 2018  |  Zion Union Heritage Museum  |  Hyannis, MA
November 28, 2017  |  Eastham Public Library  |  Eastham, MA
October 12, 2017  | Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice  |  Brown University
September 16, 2017  |  Brewster Historical Society  |  Brewster Ladies Library

To find out more or to book a talk, contact us here.

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