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Published: 20 November 1997

296 Pages | 22 halftones, 1 map

5-5/16 x 8 inches

ISBN: 9780195038293

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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. Jones describes how, in 1839, Joseph Cinqué led other blacks in a revolt on the Spanish slave ship, Amistad, in the Caribbean. The seizure of the ship by an American naval vessel, 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 "laws 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.

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