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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

  • January 2016: The American Historical Association has awarded the John E. O'Connor Prize to Ghosts of Amistad as the best historical documentary of the year.

March 2016: My book Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea (CUP, 1987) has been published in Greek as Between Scylla and Charybdis: Sailors, Pirates and the World of the Sea, 1700-1750 (Athens: Alexandria Publishers, 2016).

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