Against the Grain

Trailblazer Against Slavery

Many are the names forgotten to history, of people who fought to transform our world for the better. One of them was Benjamin Lay, a trailblazing figure who opposed slavery and devoted his life to forcing his fellow Quakers to end their complicity in the enslavement of others. Historian Marcus Rediker seeks to rescue a revolutionary figure who speaks to us across the ages. (Encore presentation.)


Marcus Rediker, The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf Who Became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist Beacon Press, 2018

David Lester, Prophet Against Slavery: Benjamin Lay, A Graphic Novel Beacon Press, 2021