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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When you’re studying a shipwreck on the coast of France and you discover that one of the people staying at the waterfront hotel and watching the whole catastrophe from his window was the German poet Heinrich Heine …. https://t.co/NRBBfS17dN MarcusRediker photo
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A fond memory, with Françoise Vergès, Angela Davis, and Tariq Ali, at Université Paris Nanterre, May 2018, on the fiftieth anniversary of the May '68 revolt. The Nanterre students were on strike at the time. #historyfrombelow https://t.co/W5HA4DBslZ MarcusRediker photo
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Paraphrasing something I read by Jean-Paul Sartre years ago: you are not an intellectual if you stay within your “field of expertise”; you are merely a technician of knowledge. All genuine intellectuals tear down the enclosures of the human mind. https://t.co/OmelceZAcU 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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