Amistad is the powerfully re-imagined history of one of the country's first battles for civil rights. In 1839 fifty-three enslaved Africans, led by a Mende rice farmer named Singbe-Pieh, staged a bloody rebellion on board the Amistad, a Spanish slaver from Cuba. The Amistad was intercepted by U.S. navy officers and towed to port in New London, Connecticut, where the Africans were held for trial in New Haven. Led by President Van Buren, the pro-slavery American government maintained that the Africans were Spanish property and should by returned to Havana to be tried for murder, but members of the fledgling abolitionist movement forced a series of trials to win their freedom, culminating at the Supreme Court, where the Amistads were defended by former President John Quincy Adams.
About the Author
David Pesci has written for The New York Times, The National Review and other regional newspapers and specialty magazines. Amistad is his debut novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An interesting account of the Amistad incident in the nineteenth century. Pesci narrates the story of the group of Africans kidnapped as slaves and put on a ship bound for Cuba. They stage a revolt, take over the ship and are eventually captured and brought to trial in America. A fascinating look at a historical event that I knew nothing about. This was a worthwhile read.