Marcus Rediker

is Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh. The Slave Ship: A Human History (Viking-Penguin, 2007) won the George Washington Book Prize and will appear in eight languages. His new book, The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom, will be published by Viking-Penguin in November 2012. For more information, visit


Slave trade

Ghosts on the waterfront

An interview with Marcus Rediker

In an excerpt from his acclaimed book The Slave Ship: A Human History, historian Marcus Rediker describes the deep-sea sailing ship as linchpin of the emergent transatlantic economic order and instrument of terror for slaves brought from Africa to the Americas. In a subsequent interview, he discusses the role played by European harbour cities in the slave trade and their responsibilities in reckoning with its moral legacy.