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Episode 16 of 30

David Hendy explores the soundscape of the American colonialists - and their conflict with native American Indians.

Settlers arriving in America in the 17th century decreed the songs and sounds of native American Indians to be barbaric and wild - bloodcurdling hollering that might presage the most brutal of deaths.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex explores the colonial politics of sound.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

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Tue 11 Jun 2019 02:15

Jamestown Settlement

The image used to illustrate this episode shows the recreation of early 17th Century English ships at Jamestown Settlement, Virginia (© Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation).


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