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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marcus Rediker Narrator: Peter Jay Fernande Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. They attempted to sail to a safe port but were captured by the US Navy and thrown into jail in Connecticut. Their legal battle for freedom eventually made its way to the Supreme Court, where their cause was argued by former president John Quincy Adams. In a landmark ruling, they were freed and eventually returned to Africa.

The rebellion became one of the best-known events in the history of American slavery, celebrated as a triumph of the legal system in films and books, all reflecting the elite perspective of the judges, politicians, and abolitionists involved in the case. In this powerful and highly original account, Marcus Rediker reclaims the rebellion for its true proponents: the African rebels who risked death to stake a claim for freedom.

Using newly discovered evidence, 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. He reaches back to Africa to find the rebels’ roots, narrates their cataclysmic transatlantic journey, and unfolds a prison story full of drama and emotion.

The successful Amistad rebellion changed the very nature of the struggle against slavery. As a handful of self-emancipated Africans steered their own course to freedom, they opened a way for millions to follow.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The great strength of this work—aside from Mr. Rediker’s vivid style as a writer and meticulous research—is that he brings the Amistad Africans back to center stage.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • “Gripping.”


  • “Spectacularly researched and fluidly composed, this latest study offers some much needed perspective on a critical yet oft-overlooked event in America’s history. ”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A totally enthralling account of the Amistad rebellion and its place in the broader American story of revolt against a great threat to liberty.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “As history from below, this is a fine addition to studies of the Amistad rebellion. Recommended for anyone interested in African American history, the history of slavery, and American history.”

    Library Journal

  • “A first-rate example of history told from the bottom up.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title”, November 2012
  • A 2012 Booklist Editors’ Choice Selection for Nonfiction: Social Science

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Davehbo | 10/12/2013

    " I'm in a slump. Once again, wanted to like this book a lot. Great subject, lots of information I didn't get from the movie. But it was written like a term paper. Jumped around time-wise without reason, couldn't tell the story clearly or straight through. Didn't even finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kimberly | 3/1/2013

    " lots of history. some areas were slow reading. not sure how much I will actually remember later because of so much information. "

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About the Author
Author Marcus Rediker

Marcus Rediker is a professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of The Slave Ship: A Human History, winner of the George Washington Book Prize and the Merle Curti Award, and The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic.