Conversations at Noon on the CT Freedom Trail: The Amistad Rebellion in History and Film
Episode 2: The Amistad Rebellion in History and Film
The story of the Amistad has been researched and told countless times, but rarely from the point of view of the Africans themselves.
Join Marcus Rediker, Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh, who will discuss his prize-winning book, The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom (2012)and his prize-winning documentary film Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels (2014), directed by Tony Buba, showing how the meaning of the event changes when we look “from below,”” from the point of view of the Africans who emancipated themselves through the uprising. Prof. Rediker will also discuss the meaning of the event in its own time and in ours when the teaching of history has become controversial.