History Detectives story inspires song

By The History Detectives Team
3 September 2008
Category: Viewer Mailbag

I make a living playing Irish, Scottish and Folk festivals - and selling records. A few years back I was inspired by one of your stories about James Hamlin, a runaway slave who worked on-board the Charles W Morgan. In those days you did not provide quick access to the details on-line, as you do today - but I followed up with some additional reading on the subject. I didn't remember the young man's name, so I read the shiplists of period voyages and selected a name that sounded close, and one that I liked. I retold your tale in a song I call "The Ballad of Thomas Higgins" using an old Irish melody. Audiences love the song, and I always credit your program for introducing me to the subject. You can get a quick listen to the song here at my record company's Myspace Jukebox:
[ http://www.myspace.com/bostonroadrecords ]

I still watch the show as often as possible.

All the best - Jed Marum

Dear Jed,

Thank you for contacting us and for sharing your song.

Best wishes from the History Detectives.

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