Amistad: The Slave Uprising Aboard the Spanish Schooner

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Nearly 160 years ago, a group of kidnapped Africans aboard the Spanish slave ship La Amistad revolted and attempted to set sail for home. Instead, after being misguided by the ship's navigator to the coast of New England, the charismatic leader Cinque and his companions found themselves embroiled in an international debate. Portraying the dignity and agony of these courageous Africans - and echoing a cry for freedom that can still be heard today - Amistad is an unforgettable ...
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Overview

Nearly 160 years ago, a group of kidnapped Africans aboard the Spanish slave ship La Amistad revolted and attempted to set sail for home. Instead, after being misguided by the ship's navigator to the coast of New England, the charismatic leader Cinque and his companions found themselves embroiled in an international debate. Portraying the dignity and agony of these courageous Africans - and echoing a cry for freedom that can still be heard today - Amistad is an unforgettable story for readers of all ages.
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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
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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)

Table of Contents

Preface
The Amistad Revolt
Were They Pirates? 1
The Amistad Africans 9
The Uprising 15
The Strange Voyage 25
Taken Captive Again! 29
What Should Be Done with the Ship and the Crew? 35
Two Points of View 39
People or Property? 49
An Interpreter Is Found 55
A Back-and-Forth Game 61
Decision for Freedom 67
Still Imprisoned 71
Before the Supreme Court 77
Free at Last! 85
Home to Africa 93
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