Books

A Global History of Runaways

Workers, Mobility, and Capitalism 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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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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The Fearless Benjamin Lay

The Quaker dwarf who became the first revolutionary abolitionist

The little-known story of an eighteenth-century Quaker dwarf who fiercely attacked slavery and imagined a new, more humane way of life.
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Outlaws of the Atlantic

Sailors, Pirates, and Motley Crew in the Age of Sail

This maritime history “from below” exposes the history-making power of common sailors, slaves, pirates, and other outlaws at sea in the era of the tall ship.
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The Amistad Rebellion

An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Rebellion

On June 28, 1839, the Spanish slave schooner Amistad set sail from Havana on a routine delivery of human cargo. On a moonless night, after four days at sea, the captive Africans rose up, killed the captain, and seized control of the ship.
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The Slave Ship

A Human History

In The Slave Ship, award-winning historian Marcus Rediker draws on thirty years of research in maritime archives to create an unprecedented history of these vessels and the human drama acted out on their rolling decks.
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Villains of All Nations

Atlantic Pirates in the Golden Age

Villains of All Nations explores the “Golden Age” of Atlantic piracy and the infamous generation whose images underlie our modern, romanticized view of pirates.
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The Many-Headed Hydra

Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic

Long before the American Revolution and the Declaration of the Rights of Man, a motley crew of sailors, slaves, pirates, laborers, market women, and indentured servants had ideas about freedom and equality that would forever change history.
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Who Built America?

Working People and the Nation's History

This major revision of Who Built America?, the widely acclaimed history by the American Social History Project, surveys the nation’s past from the perspective of working men and women, examining the roles they have played in the making of modern America.
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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Merchant Seamen, Pirates, and the Anglo-American Maritime World, 1700–1750

This brilliant account of the maritime world of the eighteenth-century reconstructs in detail the social and cultural milieu of Anglo-American seafaring and piracy.
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Many Middle Passages

Forced Migration and the Making of the Modern World

This groundbreaking book presents a global perspective on the history of forced migration over three centuries and illuminates the centrality of these vast movements of people in the making of the modern world.
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Mutiny and Maritime Radicalism in the Age of Revolution

A Global Survey

This volume explores the transnational dimensions of mutiny and maritime radicalism during the great cycle of war and revolution that began in the mid-1750s and continued until the 1840s.
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