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Amistad: The Slave Uprising Aboard the Spanish Schooner
     

Amistad: The Slave Uprising Aboard the Spanish Schooner

by Helen Kromer
 
Echoing a cry for freedom that can still be heard today, "Amistad" portrays the dignity and agony of the charismatic leader Cinque and 52 other kidnapped Africans, who overthrew their captors and embarked on a long journey toward liberty in a world that aimed to deny them justice. Written for readers of all ages, the book includes period illustrations and maps.

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Echoing a cry for freedom that can still be heard today, "Amistad" portrays the dignity and agony of the charismatic leader Cinque and 52 other kidnapped Africans, who overthrew their captors and embarked on a long journey toward liberty in a world that aimed to deny them justice. Written for readers of all ages, the book includes period illustrations and maps.

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Library Journal
Kromer, a New York-based playwright and writer of television scripts, here considers the 1839 mutiny by 53 Africans aboard a Spanish slave ship, La Amistad ("Friendship") off the Cuban coast. The mutineers were tricked by the two surviving crew members into sailing to the Long Island coast instead of Africa; they were seized by the U.S. Navy, imprisoned, and charged with murder and piracy. From documents, newspaper articles, and testimonies, Kromer presents a lively account, similar to Howard Jones's Mutiny on the Amistad (Oxford Univ., 1987), of the intrigues and horrors of the slave trade on the northwestern coast of Africa and the classic Supreme Court trial, with the Africans' abolitionist legal team joined by former President John Quincy Adams. In March 1841, the U.S. Supreme Court freed the surviving 35 Africans, and ten months later they returned to Sierra Leone. La Amistad is the only slave schooner known to have been successfully commandeered by its captives. Highly recommended for all readers. [The recently released Steven Spielberg film, Amistad, should heighten interest in this new book.Ed.]Edward G. McCormack, Univ. of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Lib., Long Beach

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780829812657
Publisher:
Pilgrim Press, The/United Church Press
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Pages:
98
Product dimensions:
5.04(w) x 7.05(h) x 0.36(d)

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