Marcus Rediker explores the dramatic world of maritime adventure, not from the perspective of admirals, merchants, and nation-states but from the viewpoint of commoners – sailors, slaves, indentured servants, pirates, and other outlaws, from the late seventeenth to the early nineteenth century. This is a people’s history of the sea in the “age of sail.” See all books »
Ghosts of Amistad
This film, by Tony Buba and 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. Watch trailer »
News & Events
- October 2015: The American Historical Association has awarded the John E. O'Connor Prize to Ghosts of Amistad as the best historical documentary of the year.
February 2, 2015: Lecture, "Benjamin Lay: Abington's Radical Abolitionist," Quaker Meeting House, 520 Meetinghouse Road, Abington, PA, 7:00 pm.
February 3, 2015: Lecture, "Rethinking Abolitionism from Below: The Dangerous Mind of Benjamin Lay (1682-1759)," Department of History, 211 Dickinson Hall, Princeton University, 4:30 pm.
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