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The fearless benjamin lay: the quaker dwarf who became the first revolutionary abolitionist

Cover of The Fearless Benjamin Lay bookThis book chronicles the transatlantic life and times of a man who in 1738 became one of the first ever to demand a total, unconditional emancipation of all enslaved people worldwide. Prophet, philosopher, and vegetarian, Lay affirmed the equality of all living things as he rethought the ethical foundations of human life. See all books »


Ghosts of Amistad:

In the footsteps of the rebels

Winner of the American Historical Association’s John E. O'Connor Prize in 2015 as the best historical documentary of the year

This film, directed by Tony Buba and produced by 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.

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News & Events

November 29, 2017: The Guardian  selects The Fearless Benjamin Lay as one of the best biographies of 2017.

November 21, 2017: Interview: "Radical Abolitionist Benjamin Lay Reclaimed by Quakers 279 Years Later."

November 7, 2017: Article, "Historian's Work Celebrates Unsung Heroes ," University of Pittsburgh, Pittwire.

October 22, 2017: Review of The Fearless Benjamin Lay in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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