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Mutiny on the Amistad The Amistad was a slave ship carrying slaves to the United States The black cargo overpowered the slavers and took control When caputured, the case went before the Supreme Court with a future president defending the blacks. This is a clinical history that is nonetheless a slog to read All the pertinent information is present, but the writing is disappointing I skimmed through the last 25 pages Its a work that historians may find useful, but laypeople will probably be better served by Marcus Rediker's book. This volume presents the first fullscale treatment of the only instance in history where African blacks, seized by slave dealers, won their freedom and returned home Jones describes how, in , Joseph Cinqu� led a revolt on the Spanish slave ship, the Amistad, in the Caribbean The seizure of the ship by an American naval vessel near Montauk, Long Island, the arrest of the Africans in Connecticut, and the Spanish protest against the violation of their property rights created an international controversy The Amistad affair united Lewis Tappan and other abolitionists who put the law of nature on trial in the United States by their refusal to accept a legal system that claimed to dispense justice while permitting artificial distinctions based on race or color The mutiny resulted in a trial before the US Supreme Court that pitted former President John Quincy Adams against the federal government Jones vividly recaptures this compelling dramathe most famous slavery case before Dred Scottthat climaxed in the court's ruling to free the captives and allow them to return to Africa [PDF / Epub] ☆ Classic Essential Vegetables Author Family Circle – Lavons.co.uk seized by slave dealers ❮Read❯ ➬ The Murder Exchange Author Simon Kernick – Lavons.co.uk won their freedom and returned home Jones describes how [Epub] ❤ The Isis Covenant (Jamie Saintclaire, By James Douglas – Lavons.co.uk in ❰Download❯ ✤ The Excalibur Codex (Jamie Saintclaire, Author James Douglas – Lavons.co.uk Joseph Cinqu� led a revolt on the Spanish slave ship [Read] ➲ The Cold War ➮ David Miller – Lavons.co.uk the Amistad ❰PDF / Epub❯ ★ The Soul of Leadership Author Deepak Chopra – Lavons.co.uk in the Caribbean The seizure of the ship by an American naval vessel near Montauk [PDF / Epub] ☆ The Night Listener Author Armistead Maupin – Lavons.co.uk Long Island ➟ Under Currents free download ➤ Author Nora Roberts – Lavons.co.uk the arrest of the Africans in Connecticut ❰Reading❯ ➻ The Confidential Agent Author Graham Greene – Lavons.co.uk and the Spanish protest against the violation of their property rights created an international controversy The Amistad affair united Lewis Tappan and other abolitionists who put the law of nature on trial in the United States by their refusal to accept a legal system that claimed to dispense justice while permitting artificial distinctions based on race or color The mutiny resulted in a trial before the US Supreme Court that pitted former President John Quincy Adams against the federal government Jones vividly recaptures this compelling dramathe most famous slavery case before Dred Scottthat climaxed in the court's ruling to free the captives and allow them to return to Africa A good book on the history of African Americans Read for African American History class. This book completely changed my view American history related to slavery It took a lot of my preconceived ideas of slaves, slavers, slave society, and stood them on their heads (So muchto it all than what little we learned in public high school!)The most important thing I got from reading this book was something like a twosided coin: on one hand, everyone took part in the slave trade, not just white colonists/Americans; on the other hand, opposition to slavery came from all sides, *including* white colonists/Americans, and especially from the Christian coalition of the time The British were among the first to condemn international slave trade, and President Van Buren proved himself, in my eyes, to be one of the most selfish and corrupt men in American history In the end, the truth prevailed Not even an entire, corrupt system could withstand it Yeah, I learned a lot from reading this book. I enjoyed this book so much that I sent it along as my contribution to a family book exchange that my siblings did a few years ago My nonlawyer brother called several days later and told me that he was reading it, and it made him feel like he was right there in the courtroom as things happened I was pleased, because that was my favorite thing about the book “Yep,” he said, “like I’m sittin’ right there, listening to every excruciating detail of every legal argument the lawyers made.” I guess that is a revealing reaction to the book As a lawyer, I loved it Perhaps nonlawyers won’t As you probably already know, the Amistad was a Spanish slave ship that was taking a load of slaves and farming supplies to the Caribbean when the recentlyenslaved Africans got some of the farming supplies (cane knives) and took over the ship They killed all but two of the crew, because they needed someone to sail the ship for them The surviving sailors sailed the ship slowly east while the sun was up, and the Africans could tell which direction they were going, and then went as quickly to the northwest as they could as soon as the sun set They eventually ended up off the coast of New York That is when the legal proceedings started, as different crews of ships tried to claim the ship and its cargo as their own.The whole affair blew up as abolitionists heard of it and funded a legal battle to win the freedom of the Africans The political and legal landscape was fraught with difficulty for such an argument, though President Van Buren’s Democratic Party could only survive if slavery were kept off the national agenda, so he worked mightily to get the case to go away quietly, even preparing to ship the Africans off immediately after a court decision so that no appeal could be taken The Spanish government was involved, pleading the cause of its citizens that were accused of illegally trading slaves John Quincy Adams, formerly president and now a member of Congress, got involved to argue the case before the United States Supreme Court It is a tale worth reading.The great deficiency in this book is the voice of the Africans They were the center of the controversy but we don’t hear much from them at all I don’t know if it is possible to tell their story at this point – I don’t know what kind of historical record was made about them personally If someone were able to piece together their life histories, I would buy that book in a flash That is missing from this book, but what the book does, it does well enough to bethan worth a read. It was an alright book I think if I had chosen to read it myself it would have beeninteresting But in this case I had to read it for a class I then watched the movie which made me appreciate the bookIt was full of facts (the book, that is) and many dates and it just seemed like everything was being repeated constantly, even from chapter to chapter. A good true story of what happened to a group of Africans when the the slave ship that they were cargo on is captured by the navy It gives a good view of the American system at the time in regards to slavery. What is good about this book is that it lays out a little known (until they turned it into a movie) event in US history, which is the only time enslaved African took over a slaving vessel, won their freedom, and were able to return home It is critical that such history, in all its detail, be remembered, understood, and honored.But as someone who does not care about the minutiae of legal matters, this book was exhausting It reports on every (and I mean EVERY) twist and turn, every opinion, every document filed, every public opinion voiced, every lawyer or politician who got involved, every judge who made a minor or major decision that shifted anything It was as dry as anything I have ever read, and I have never in my life had to work so hard to make myself finish a book.The one thing that this book was hardly about was the Africans They are only barely present, which is a disappointment It truly is a book about the legal case to free them. Aappropriate title would be The Complete Legal Proceedings surrounding the Amistad Affair If you want a deep and repetitive dive into the legal actions that followed the Amistad being found off the US coast, grab this book.


About the Author: Howard Jones

Howard Jones is University Research Professor of History at the University of Alabama.


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