Who Ain’t a Slave?

Historical fact and the fiction of 'Benito Cereno'

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A slave-ship rebellion was pictured in 1833 by Edouard Antoine Renard.
A slave-ship rebellion was pictured in 1833 by Edouard Antoine Renard.

Melville’s haunting Benito Cereno was inspired by an 1805 incident aboard a slave ship in the South Pacific. The facts are stranger than the fiction… Read more