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New Book

The fearless benjamin lay: the quaker dwarf who became the first revolutionary abolitionist (pub date: September 5, 2017)

Cover of The Fearless Benjamin Lay bookThis book chronicles the transatlantic life and times of a man who in 1738 became one of the first ever to demand a total, unconditional emancipation of all enslaved people worldwide. Prophet, philosopher, and vegetarian, Lay affirmed the equality of all living things as he rethought the ethical foundations of human life. See all books »


Ghosts of Amistad:

In the footsteps of the rebels

Winner of the American Historical Association’s John E. O'Connor Prize in 2015 as the best historical documentary of the year

This film, directed by Tony Buba and produced by Marcus Rediker, chronicles a trip to Sierra Leone in May 2013 to interview village elders about local memory of the Amistad rebellion (1839), to search for the long-lost ruins of the slave trading factory Lomboko, and to recover a lost history from below in the struggle against slavery.

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News & Events

November 4, 2016: Lecture at the Louvre in Paris on Théodore Géricault’s magnificent painting, “The Raft of the Medusa." The audio of the lecture is available here and a story, with video, by France-TV, here.

May 30, 2017: My new book, Les hors-la-loi de l’Atlantique, pirates, mutins et flibustiers, was published by Éditions du Seuil earlier this month. Here are interviews I did about it while I was in Paris: first, with Jerôme Skalski for the daily newspaper L’Humanité; second, with Emmanuel Laurentin and Valérie Hannin for the program, “La Fabrique de l’Histoire,” aired on Radio France; and third, with Gilles Heuré for the magazine Telerama. The book has also been reviewed (so far) in Le Figaro Magazine, Mediapart, and Le Nouvel Observateur.

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