Marcus Rediker is Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh. His “histories from below,” including The Slave Ship: A Human History, have won numerous awards, including the George Washington Book Prize, and have been translated into seventeen languages worldwide. He has produced a film, Ghosts of Amistad, with director Tony Buba, and written a play, “The Return of Benjamin Lay,” with playwright Naomi Wallace. He is currently writing a book about escaping slavery by sea in antebellum America.

Books and Other Writings

Book cover of Prophet Against Slavery by Marcus Rediker

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Prophet Against Slavery
Benjamin Lay, A Graphic Novel

by David Lester, Marcus Rediker, and Paul Buhle
The revolutionary life of an 18th-century dwarf activist who was among the first to fight against slavery and animal cruelty. An action-packed chronicle of the remarkable and radical Benjamin Lay.
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Book cover of A Global History of Runaways by Marcus Rediker

A Global History of Runaways
Workers, Mobility, and Capitalism, 1600–1850

ed. by Marcus Rediker, Titas Chakraborty, and Matthias van Rossum
During global capitalism's long ascent from 1600–1850, workers of all kinds—slaves, indentured servants, convicts, domestic workers, soldiers, and sailors—repeatedly ran away from their masters and bosses, with profound effects.
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Hard-earned wisdom for younger scholars: a vicious book review – what Edward Thompson called a “police action review” – can be useful. I’ve had quite a few of these and I do think they ended up making my books more popular, at least with the right people. #historyfrombelow https://t.co/PpUU3xe4kC MarcusRediker photo
*Prophet against Slavery: Benjamin Lay, a Graphic Novel* ( @BeaconBks) is reviewed in Norway. But of course I can't understand a word of what the reviewer is saying .... https://t.co/WPRepxFKyp MarcusRediker photo
Few people know that the 41 treasured volumes of WPA Narratives of formerly enslaved people originated in a question CLR James asked George Rawick, “What do we know about the slaves’ reaction to slavery?” Rawick wrote *From Sundown to Sunup* (1972) to introduce the collection. https://t.co/WPreLccF2n MarcusRediker photo

Ghosts of Amistad Film Website

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Ghosts of Amistad Film now FREE
Full-length film online in English with subtitled versions in French, Italian and Spanish

Ghosts of Amistad chronicles a trip to Sierra Leone to visit the home villages of the people who seized the slave schooner Amistad in 1839, to interview elders about local memory of the case, and to search for the long-lost ruins of Lomboko, the slave trading factory where their cruel transatlantic voyage began. The documentary film’s new website includes numerous resources, including study guides, to support educators around this topic.

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