SUMMARY A riveting historical novel based on one of the nation's first civil right struggles -- Often left out of history books, the events that inspired this novel spanned three years and involved three court cases The year isthe place Western Africa and New Haven, Connecticut.
The film shows us the horrors of the slave trade and the terrible truth of what slaves were forced to endure during the era of the Middle Passage.
After the Mende captives lead a successful mutiny aboard the Amistad, the captives spare a Spaniard so he can help them navigate back to Africa. Instead of obeying the orders of his captors, the Spaniard takes them to the coast of the United States where the ship is seized by the United States Navy.
In the final acts of the film, the presiding judge declares that the Mende slaves are free human beings and should be allowed to return home to Africa.
In reality, this was a very controversial decision by the Federal Court that created tension between abolitionists and slave owners because of the language used by the court to justify its verdict.
The film offers a brutal, yet realistic, depiction of the treatment of Africans during the slave-trading era. Historical and Cultural Context The mutiny of the La Amistad occurred in July of ; this was when the Mende captives overpowered the crew, killed the captain and two seamen Hill The Africans spared the lives of two crewmen in order to navigate back home to Africa.
However, unknown to the Africans, the crewmen led them to the coast of the United States, where the crew of the U. Brig Washington seized the ship and everyone aboard it Hill The legal battle would then begin in order to decide whether the Mende captives were subjects of Spain, therefore their property or whether they were kidnapped and should go free on the basis of self-defense Jones The abolitionist were arguing that the Africans were protected under the universal rights of self-defense since they were illegally kidnapped and not slaves.
If the district attorney were able to prove that the Africans were actually slaves, they would have been considered property and turned over to Spain. The legal battle was far from domestic, it was an international problem that involved Spain, Britain, and Cuba Jones This disillusionment towards federal government was common during the slave era and long after.
As I stated earlier, the verdict was extremely controversial to slave owners and abolitionists alike because of the rooted practice of slavery during the time of the ruling. However, the Supreme Court, the highest court in the United States, had delivered a verdict that gave the rights of legal self-defense to blacks, which were usually reserved for whites.
African Americans are still battling for equality in the court and under the law and they are still being abused by law enforcement. The influence of the government regarding blacks in the legal system played an enormous role in the actual case and in the film.
The film may have been released more than a decade ago but the problems it attempts to make aware can still be seen in our society today. Themes and Style Director Steven Spielberg, chose to be as historically accurate as possible in order to present a true image of the history of slavery to the American people.
The film showcases all the horrors faced by slaves during the slave trading era.
There are many scenes, like bloody slaves being whipped non-stop, that make the audience feel terrible for what slaves had to go through. The shocking thing about this scene is that he was captured by other Africans looking to make a profit on the slave trade.
It is very disturbing that this is historically accurate, Africans would capture men and women from enemy tribes in order to sell them.
The film is filled with the brutal truth of slavery and how inhumane the entire system was. It was clear that historical accuracy was an important point that Steven Spielberg wanted to focus on during the filming of Amistad.
Depiction of how the Mende captives were packed into La Amistad in preperation for the voyage across the Middle Passage et al; Amistad, 16 Nov.Love this site, but this is not a list on the African Slave Trade, it is a list of books about slavery.
With rare exceptions (and, of course, those born to slaves already arrived in the New World), people did not become slaves upon reaching North/South America & the Caribbean -- they ARRIVED as slaves. Based on the true story of the mutiny on board the Spanish slave ship, Amistad, here is the frightening sequence of events that led fifty-three young men and women - and one young nation - to seek freedom and justice for all people.2/5(2).
May 24, · In July , a Spanish schooner named La Amistad was taken over by a group of slaves being shipped from Havana, Cuba. The slaves, originally from Sierra Leone in West Africa, killed the captain and the cook, and directed the navigator to take them back to Africa.
Mutiny on the Amistad The Saga of a Slave Revolt and Its Impact on American Abolition, Law, and Diplomacy Howard Jones. This volume presents the first full-scale treatment of the only instance in history where African blacks, seized by slave dealers, won their freedom and returned home. Jun 03, · Find Amistad by Pesci, David at Biblio.
it is based on the actual events surrounding the uprising of 53 slaves on the Spanish slaver Amistad in A movie of the same name was created by Steven Spielberg. First Edition, stated.
Hardcover. x. First Edition. Hardcover. A novel of the history of one of the country's. The traditional daily reminder of slavery and the supposed fact that thousands of years ago Jews were held in bondage is all the more peculiar when one tries to imagine what thoughts went through the minds of the many Jewish slave traders throughout history, merchants who were instrumental even in the slave trading of Europeans.