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In the News (Tue 21 May 19)

  
  An account of the Amistad Case.
Amistad case energized the fledgling abolitionist movement and intensified conflict over slavery, prompted a former President to go before the Supreme Court and condemn the policies of a present Administration, soured diplomatic relations between the United States and Spain for a generation, and created a wave of interest in sending Christian missionaries to Africa.
Baldwin and the Amistads' lawyers produced several witnesses to support their claim that the Africans were illegally imported from Africa and were therefore the property of no one.
Justice Story, speaking for the Court, said that the Amistads were "kidnapped Africans, who by the laws of Spain itself were entitled to their freedom." As justification for the Court's decision, Justice Story relied largely on the narrower arguments of Roger Baldwin, rather than the "interesting remarks" of John Quincy Adams.
www.law.umkc.edu /faculty/projects/ftrials/amistad/AMI_ACT.HTM   (3617 words)

  
 Amistad, Anthony Davis
Amistad is an opera that was ten years in the making.
Through the Amistad, we could revisit the story of the Middle Passage, the contradictions implicit in the ethos of America, and also explore the emergence of the African-American as a cultural entity.
Amistad is not only a good story, but it is also a story about hope in times of despair, salvation at the last moment and happy endings despite gruesome times.
www.schirmer.com /composers/davis_amistad.html   (415 words)

  
 Amistad: Some historical considerations
Amistad, the film directed by Steven Spielberg, places before a large audience a glimpse of the brutality of the African slave trade.
This comment, however, is primarily concerned with the significance of the Amistad revolt and its impact on political relations within the United States and internationally.
A study of the Amistad affair and this entire epoch in American history, the period leading up to the outbreak of the Civil War, is critical.
www.wsws.org /arts/1998/feb1998/amist.shtml   (1818 words)

  
 DVD Review - Amistad   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
After a year of rumoring the director is waiting for 1 million players to be in homes, he now seems to be waiting for an installed player base of 2 million before he is willing to pull out the big guns.
While watching "Amistad" one can’t help but think that Steven Spielberg tried to re-enact the success and importance of his previous film "Schindler’s List", a strong drama that despite its considerable length is one of the best films made in the past ten years.
"Amistad" does not have the same impact on viewers as "Schindler’s List" had, but it is a good and important film nevertheless.
www.dvdreview.com /fullreviews/amistad.shtml   (1264 words)

  
 Amistad Story Essay-Amistad: Seeking Freedom in Connecticut - A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary
On August 29, 1839, the Amistad was towed to New London, Connecticut, where the African's legal struggle for freedom was waged in the lengthy battle which ultimately involved the former President of the United States, John Quincy Adams.
Charged with murder and piracy and claimed as salvaged property along with the Amistad, Cinque and the others were imprisoned in New Haven, after a judge in New London ordered the case to be heard at the next session of the U.S. Circuit Court, in Hartford.
The Amistad Committee, as they came to be known, located a translator who could speak Mende fluently and thus allow the captives to tell their own story.
www.cr.nps.gov /nr/travel/amistad/amistadstory.htm   (1142 words)

  
 Amistad Movie Review
Regardless of the outcome of this real world courtroom drama, "Amistad" is a compelling, and most likely Oscar-bound, historical courtroom drama that sheds light on an overlooked period in American history between the Declaration of Independence and the American Civil War.
The two survivors of the Amistad crew demand that their 'property' be returned to them, and argue that they have not broken any anti-slavery laws with their contention that the slaves are second-generation slaves from Cuba.
The prepubescent Queen Isabella II (Ann Paquin), who is eleven and still playing with dolls at the time of the incident, is demanding the return of the slaves to Spain, as per a treaty between Spain and the United States.
users.aol.com /aleong1631/amistad.html   (904 words)

  
 La Amistad - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
La Amistad came to be a symbol of the abolition movement after a group of African captives it was carrying revolted, and were subsequently recaptured and sold into slavery, resulting in a legal battle over the Africans' legal status.
The captives in question had been illegally transported from Africa—transport of new slaves from Africa to the Americas was outlawed by the first decade of the 1800s—where they were fraudulently declared to be native Cuban slaves.
Strictly speaking La Amistad was not a slave ship in the sense that it was not designed for the purpose of transporting slaves.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Amistad_(ship)   (774 words)

  
 The Amistad Revolt
The Amistad Committee was painfully aware that the President's policy aimed at condemning the African captives to permanent slavery, or possibly death, and the abolitionists worked out a defense strategy to ensure that the verdict did not go against them.
But all of the Amistad captives were keen to learn, and at times they grasped their Yale Divinity School teachers at the end of the day, pleading with them to stay just a bit longer.
By the time the Amistad Case came to an end, it had so embittered feelings between the anti-slavery North and the slave-holding South that it must be counted as one of the events leading to the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1860.
usinfo.state.gov /products/pubs/amistad   (5567 words)

  
 Amistad (1997)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
And as you see in Amistad anything that threatened the life of what the south was pleased to call it's "peculiar institution" was a call to arms.
By this time he was a passionate abolitionist and the pleading of the cause of the Amistad slaves was an opportunity and a challenge.
Amistad is grand entertainment and a needed history lesson about man's need for and willingness to fight to be his own master.
www.imdb.com /Title?0118607   (943 words)

  
 Amistad
The Amistad Research Center at Tulane University is one of the nation's premier minority repositories.
Named after the famed revolt by Africans on La Amistad in 1839 and landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, the Amistad was organized by the Race Relations Department of Fisk University and the American Missionary Association in 1966.
AMISTAD America Inc. is a not-for-profit educational organization formed to promote the project to build a replica of La Amistad.
www.cultures.com /features/amistad/index.html   (470 words)

  
 Amistad
As a legal case, the Amistad incident quickly became a tangle of competing claims and contradictory legal issues.
The Amistad Committee turned its efforts to raising funds to pay for the return voyage, organizing a series of appeals in local churches where the Africans told their stories and demonstrated the results of their education and Christian conversions.
When the fund reached $1,840, the Amistad Committee was able to charter the barque, Gentleman, to undertake the return voyage.
instruct.westvalley.edu /gallup/amistad.html   (1634 words)

  
 Amistad   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Amistad Dam is the largest of the storage dams and reservoirs built on the international reach of the Rio Grande River.
The primary purpose for which Amistad Dam was constructed is flood control and water conservation storage for the benefit of the United States and Mexico.
The dam is 6.1 miles (10 km) long, stands 254 feet (77.4 meters) above the riverbed and consists of a concrete gravity spillway section within the river canyon flanked by earth embankments.
www.ibwc.state.gov /html/amistad.html   (323 words)

  
 Gilder Lehrman Center | Amistad Page
The Mission of AMISTAD America is to teach the lessons of history, cooperation and leadership inherent in the Amistad incident and its legacy through the ownership, educational programming and operation of the vessel.
The Connecticut Historical Society's Amistad site is an on-going exhibition exploring the Africans' revolt on the ship Amistad in 1839, their arrival in New London, the legal trials to determine their freedom, their life in Connecticut, and the local citizens who helped them.
The Amistad Research Center, on the Tulane University campus, is a manuscripts library for the study of ethnic history and culture and race relations in the United States.
www.yale.edu /glc/info/amistad.html   (481 words)

  
 AMISTAD
AMISTAD is a top-of-the-line drama that speaks to the heart.
It's the story of a group of Africans, who were forced into slavery, that revolted against their captors, killing them on the high seas.
Their ship, the Amistad, was captured off the American coast and it's "cargo" was imprisoned in a Connecticut jail until the matter could be sorted out.
crazy4cinema.com /Review/FilmsA/f_amistad.html   (636 words)

  
 Review of "Amistad" (film by Stephen Spielberg) by Sally Hadden
AMISTAD begins with the event that made that ship's history different from other slave ships: the gradual extraction of a nail from the ship which allowed Cinque (also known as Sengbe) to free first himself and then the other slaves on board.
The AMISTAD was brought into port in August, hardly the time for snow to be blowing, as it does in the film.
In Adams' summation, he described the pattern of executive interference with the AMISTAD court case and he also revealed to the court Van Buren's shocking 1840 plot to send the Africans to Cuba, regardless of the lower court's decision, another element missing from the film which may have influenced the Supreme Court's decision (p.178).
www.tntech.edu /history/amistadr.html   (3234 words)

  
 Rob Waring: Amistad (Van Buren's Folly)
Yes, it’s true that Amistad is another movie about some fl people in peril who are helped out by some nice white guys, and told largely from the perspective of these white guys.
The crew of the United States warship that recaptured La Amistad claims a one-third salvage interest in the vessel, under a maritime law incentive scheme that rewards enterprising seamen, even those in government employ, for retrieving lost property.
As depicted in Amistad, the abolitionists repeatedly plead with Adams to help them with the case, which they know is being subjected to heavy political pressure.
www.usfca.edu /pj/articles/Amistad.htm   (1807 words)

  
 Exploring Amistad: Approaches to Teaching   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
An Introduction to the Amistad Revolt, developed by the Connecticut Historical Society.
Amistad Mock Trials, examine the District Court Case, Circuit Court Case, or the U.S. Supreme Court Case.
Amistad as a Campaign Issue, opportunities for debates and roleplaying.
amistad.mysticseaport.org /teaching/curriculum/welcome.html   (170 words)

  
 Achievement First > New Haven, CT
Taylor’s popularity with Amistad students is based not only on his top-notch singing and rapping—which are often showcased at Amistad’s monthly Town Meetings—but on his amazing results as a teacher.
Amistad Academy is accessible by the Q bus from the New Haven Green
Amistad Academy is a little more than a five minute drive (taxi @ 777-7777 is about $5) from the train station.
www.achievementfirst.org /schools.amistad.html   (405 words)

  
 Amistad
Based on actual events in 1838, AMISTAD is the story of captured African slaves who took over their transport ship in a bloody revolt with the hopes of returning back to their homeland.
Amistad is the kind of movie that makes a tired topic seem fresh and entertaining again.
The best parts of Amistad are those that simply bring their pride, fear and outrage to life.
www.rottentomatoes.com /m/amistad   (988 words)

  
 Amistad America Inc - Freedom Schooner Amistad
Punctuated by the Freedom Schooner Amistad anchored near Lighthouse Point and highlighted by songs from Yale's ASEMPA African Singers, dancers from Sierra Leone and other African countries, and words of wisdom and praise from keynote speaker, Tim Shriver of the Special Olympics, the 10th Anniversary program was an astounding success.
Amistad America was one of several entities cited with medals of achievement for contributions to the New Haven/Freetown initiative.
AMISTAD America, Inc. is a national, non-profit organization promoting improved relationships between races and cultures by educating the public through common experiences and dialogue based on the lessons of freedom, justice, perseverance, cooperation and leadership arising from the historic Amistad Incident of 1839, symbolized by the Freedom Schooner Amistad.
www.amistadamerica.org   (1325 words)

  
 A A World . Reference Room . Articles . Amistad Mutiny | PBS
The mutineers were captured and tried in the United States, and a surprising victory for the country's antislavery forces resulted in 1841 when the U.S. Supreme Court freed the rebels.
On July 2, 1839, the Spanish schooner Amistad was sailing from Havana to Puerto Príncipe, Cuba, when the ship's unwilling passengers, 53 slaves recently abducted from Africa, revolted.
Therefore, the judge ruled, rather than being merchandise, the Africans were victims of kidnapping and had the right to escape their captors in any way they could.
www.pbs.org /wnet/aaworld/reference/articles/amistad_mutiny.html   (472 words)

  
 Amistad and the U.S. Navy
Lieutenant Richard W. Meade, who led the armed party that first boarded the Amistad, had entered the Navy in 1826 and was a junior lieutenant on the "reserved list" when he was assigned to survey work on the brig Washington.
Their claim was upheld by the Supreme Court, which granted them one-third of the value of the captured ship and cargo, with the other two-thirds going to the government.
The ship and cargo sold for a total of about $6000; the Amistad by this time was in poor condition with her sails and rigging in tatters, and sold for only $245.
www.history.navy.mil /faqs/faq55-1.htm   (994 words)

  
 Gilder Lehrman Center | Amistad Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
The Amistad affair took place at a critical moment in the history of the Atlantic slave system.
Prior to the Dred Scott decision, the Amistad case was, arguably, the single most important legal case involving slavery during the nineteenth century.
The central issue raised by the case was whether enslaved people had the right to rise up against their captors in rebellion.
www.yale.edu /glc/curriculum   (122 words)

  
 Middle school links about the history of slavery
"Amistad," the historical movie by Stephen Speilberg, has sparked new interest in the story of the sailing ship Amistad and the slaves who revolted off the coast of Cuba in 1839.
Here are several websites that can help students learn more about the Amistad tragedy and about the slave trade and slavery in the United States and the world.
Amistad -- This project of the town of Mystic Seaport, Connecticut is subtitled "Race and the Boundaries of Slavery in Antebellum Maritime America."
www.middleweb.com /Amistad.html   (1209 words)

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