The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Nov 8, 2012 - History - 320 pages
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A unique account of the most successful slave rebellion in American history, now updated with a new epilogue—from the award-winning author of The Slave Ship

In this powerful and highly original account, Marcus Rediker reclaims the Amistad rebellion for its true proponents: the enslaved Africans who risked death to stake a claim for freedom. Using newly discovered evidence and featuring vividly drawn portraits of the rebels, their captors, and their abolitionist allies, Rediker reframes the story to show how a small group of courageous men fought and won an epic battle against Spanish and American slaveholders and their governments. The successful Amistad rebellion changed the very nature of the struggle against slavery. As a handful of self-emancipated Africans steered their own course for freedom, they opened a way for millions to follow.

This edition includes a new epilogue about the author's trip to Sierra Leona to search for Lomboko, the slave-trading factory where the Amistad Africans were incarcerated, and other relics and connections to the Amistad rebellion, especially living local memory of the uprising and the people who made it.


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

User Review  - Cherisse - Goodreads

Extremely well researched and passionately written. Astonishing detail using myriad sources from America, Africa, and the Caribbean. Rediker's portrayal of the Amistad Africans reveals black people ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Martin Empson - Goodreads

Marcus Rediker has been at the forefront of historians writing social histories of the Atlantic. In recent years he has turned his attention to the history of the slave trade. His previous book The ... Read full review


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About the author (2012)

Marcus Rediker is the Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh and the award-winning author of The Slave Ship. He lives in Pittsburgh.

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