The Refugee: Samuel Brown

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About the series: Hit and Run History - Falklands HO

About the series: Hit and Run History - Falklands HO

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Cape Cod journalist Alan Pollock interviews Hit and Run History creator and host Andrew Buckley. Returning as the centerpiece of WGBH's History site, Hit and Run History travels to the Falkland Islands, deep in the Southern Atlantic, on their continuing journey tracking the Columbia Expedition -- the first American voyage of the world.

The Auction: The Columbia and Washington Medal

The Auction: The Columbia and Washington Medal

Hit and Run History

With only twenty known to exist, the Columbia and Washington Medal is the rarest American medal. In this series finale, the crew attends the sale of this national treasure in Philadelphia.

The Prisoner: Joseph Ingraham

The Prisoner: Joseph Ingraham

Hit and Run History

The crew of Hit and Run History heads to Boston to investigate a son of the North End, Joseph Ingraham.

The Rover: Captain Robert Gray

The Rover: Captain Robert Gray

Hit and Run History

The Hit and Run History crew roves across New England in search of Captain Robert Gray. Although the Columbia Expedition is Gray's claim to fame, the Rhode Island native’s personal history is murky. Following the end of slave trade in the Ocean State, Gray was chosen as second-in-command for the first American voyage around the world.

The Refugee: Samuel Brown

The Refugee: Samuel Brown

Hit and Run History

This webisode of Hit and Run History shows the tenacity it takes for historians to bring the past to light, as the crew tirelessly hunts for details about the life of the elusive Samuel Brown, a merchant from Newport, Rhode Island, and one of the many men involved in the Columbia Expedition—the first ship to circumnavigate the globe.

The Blackbirder: Captain Crowell Hatch

The Blackbirder: Captain Crowell Hatch

Hit and Run History

This webisode of Hit and Run History takes on a more sinister tone as the crew reveals how Columbia Expedition investor, Captain Crowell Hatch was deeply involved in the dehumanizing, but lucrative business of the slave trade.


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This webisode of Hit and Run History shows the tenacity it takes for historians to bring the past to light, as the crew tirelessly hunts for details about the elusive Samuel Brown, a merchant from Newport, Rhode Island, and one of the many men involved in the Columbia Expedition—the first American voyage around the world.

The Hit and Run History crew come to many dead ends as they set out to uncover more clues about the life of Samuel Brown. But following a hunch about Brown's involvement in the slave trade, their dogged determination leads to the Massachusetts Archives at Columbia Point in Dorchester, Mass., and later, down to Newport, Rhode Island, where they enlist the help of John B. Hattendorf, "one of the most widely known and well-respected naval historians in the world."

Hattendorf explains the effects the British occupation had on Samuel Brown and his place in time during the Revolution—which forced him to live as a refugee in Boston, and ultimately rendered him a man without a past or a future.

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