The Surprising Origins of Radical Abolitionism

Date of Event: 

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 4:30pm

Religion Studies Department presents

The Surprising Origins of Radical Abolitionism
Professor Marcus Rediker
Department of History, University of Pittsburgh
The Quaker Benjamin Lay was one of the first ever to demand the total, unconditional emancipation of all enslaved Africans around the world.  He lived in a cave near Philadelphia, grew his own food, made his own clothes, refused to consume anything produced by slave labor, championed animal rights, and embraced vegetarianism.  He created a revolutionary vision of a future without animal or human exploitation. 
Co-Sponsors:  Africana Studies (NEH)*, The Center for Ethics, American Studies, The Department of History, The Gipson Institute for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the Political Science Department.  
*Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 
The Center for Ethics is funded in part by the ENDOWMENT FUND for the TEACHING of ETHICAL DECISION-MAKING
All are welcome.  This lecture is free and open to the public.  For more information, please call 610-758-3353 or email