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Amistad Rising: A Story of Freedom

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Joseph Cinqué is afraid he’ll never see his family again. Kidnapped by slave traders and sold at auction, he finds himself chained in the hull of a cramped ship, Amistad, with more than fifty other Africans—including a few children. Cinqué must do something. But what? In this truly epic adventure, Joseph Cinqué wants only one thing: freedom. But what he achieves, with the help of former president John Quincy Adams, is far, far greater—Joseph ...

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Overview

Joseph Cinqué is afraid he’ll never see his family again. Kidnapped by slave traders and sold at auction, he finds himself chained in the hull of a cramped ship, Amistad, with more than fifty other Africans—including a few children. Cinqué must do something. But what? In this truly epic adventure, Joseph Cinqué wants only one thing: freedom. But what he achieves, with the help of former president John Quincy Adams, is far, far greater—Joseph Cinqué makes history.

A fictional account of the 1839 revolt of Africans aboard the slave ship Amistad and the subsequent legal case argued before the Supreme Court in 1841 by former president John Quincy Adams.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
This fictional account is based on the true story of Joseph Cinqué and recounts an event that took place in 1839. Captured and transported to the Americas in a slave ship, Cinqué and others were sold to a slaver headed for Cuba. When circumstances turned a bit in their favor the slaves revolted and took over the ship. Eventually it landed in Connecticut, and then the struggle with the American judicial system began. It even brought John Quincy Adams out of retirement to argue the case before the Supreme Court. This is a fascinating piece of history, and the acrylics by Paul Lee are dark and somber, clearly echoing the desperate plight of Cinqué and his comrades.
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Gr 3-6The story of Joseph Cinqu, leader of the African mutineers who seized the Amistad in 1839, is the focus of Chambers's dramatic picture-book narrative. By eliminating the many details of the frustrating two-year legal history of the Amistad case, and the many complex issues of states' rights and Cuban-American relations discussed in the courts, the role of Cinqu takes on heroic and legendary status. Brief mention is made of the support of the abolitionists and the important participation of John Quincy Adams in arguing the case before the Supreme Court, but Cinqu's bravery and inspirational leadership are the heart of the book. His speeches and feelings are the only elements of fiction in this story from history, for he was indeed a celebrity in the public eye and certainly the leader of the Africans seeking justice. The figures of the man and his followers are heroic in size in Lee's action-filled acrylic paintings. The dark tones and earth colors dramatize the violence, despair, and patient nobility of the Africans as they fight for freedom and the right to return to their homeland and are forced to wait through many months in a New England town. Amistad Rising serves well as an introduction to this chapter in American history. The brevity of facts and the poetic quality of emotional description make the book a fine read-aloud choice.Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
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If oceans could talk and shores could speak, according to Chambers, they would tell a story of Joseph Cinqu‚ and his freedom fight aboard the Spanish slave ship Amistad. This gripping, fictionalized picture-book account outlines a shameful slice of American history that some children will know from the recent film. In the days when owning slaves was legal but the stealing and trafficking of human cargo was not, a band of African prisoners were herded onto the Amistad. Despite all attempts to break their spirit and render them chattel, a struggle on the high seas ensued, and the leader, Cinqu‚, overtook his captors. Complications landed the Africans in a Connecticut prison, sparking an international incident; the early American justice system did not fail the "Black Prince" and his fellow freedom fighters. The hero's journey is told in straightforward narration, bracketed by exalted musings about freedom. In Lee's first picture book, the strong lines and chiseled faces against dark backgrounds transmit the emotional trajectory of the story, taking it from the pages of history to a near-mythic tragedy. The hopeful outcome is succinctly communicated by the closing page's illustration of empty, open shackles. (Picture book. 8-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152018030
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.85 (w) x 11.29 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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