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Marcus Rediker

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Prize-winning documentary producer and Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History (University of Pittsburgh) Marcus Rediker presents The Fearless Benjamin Lay, his new biography of an unsung hero of the Abolitionist movement.

The Fearless Benjamin Lay chronicles the transatlantic life and times of a singular man—a Quaker dwarf who demanded the total, unconditional emancipation of all enslaved Africans around the world.

Mocked and scorned by his contemporaries, Lay was unflinching in his opposition to slavery, often performing colorful guerrilla theater to shame slave masters, insisting that human bondage violated the fundamental principles of Christianity. He drew on his ideals to create a revolutionary way of life, one that embodied the proclamation “no justice, no peace.”