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Outlaws of the Atlantic

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.
  • October 2015: Lecture at the  Collège d'études mondiales in Paris.
  • November 2015: Two excellent reviews, by Mathieu Ferradou and Monique Wells, of Ghosts of Amistad based on  screenings on Paris.
  • November 2015: Interview by Emmanuel Laurentin on France Culture (radio).
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