U.S. History

"The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom"

Marcus Rediker

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Marcus Rediker, history professor at the University of Pittsburgh, recounts the slave revolt aboard the Spanish schooner, Amistad in 1839.  The author reports that four days after the ship set sail the captives revolted, killed the captain, and took command of the ship.  The Amistad was eventually commandeered by the U.S. Navy and the men aboard were sent to prison in Connecticut, where they awaited a trail heard by the Supreme Court.  Their case, defended by John Quincy Adams, resulted in their release and return to Africa.  Marcus Rediker speaks at the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia.

About the Authors

Marcus Rediker

Marcus Rediker is the author of several books, including Villains of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates in the Golden Age.  He is a history professor at the University of Pittsburgh.  For more information, visit marcusrediker.com.


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