The C.O.W.S. w/ Marcus Rediker: THE SLAVE SHIP

Monday, September 26th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific


The Context of White Supremacy welcomes Marcus Rediker. The Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh, Mr. Rediker is an award winning author and historian with a research focus on the enslavement of black people. He’s been invested in the campaign to abolish the death penalty. On a previous C.O.W.S. program, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing mentioned his 2007 publication, The Slave Ship: A Human History. The book provides a detailed study of the experience on a slave vessel. Rediker provides information on the construction of the ships, the formation of the ship’s crew, and the capturing of Africans. He consistently reminds readers that slave ships were equivalent to a moving prison and mandated that the captured Africans be subjected to unrelenting terrorism. Interesting, Rediker writes that the slave ship crystalized the creation of the White race. Mr. Rediker was also an advisor on this summer’s re-boot of Roots. We’ll get his thoughts on why black bondage has become fodder for Hollywood scripts.
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