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Item #75330 Argument of John Quincy Adams in the Case of the Amistad (Spine title). John Quincy Adams.

Argument of John Quincy Adams in the Case of the Amistad (Spine title)

Adams, John Quincy. [Spine title] Argument of John Quincy Adams in the Case of the Amistad. [Full title]. Argument of John Quincy Adams Before the Supreme Court of the United States, in the Case of the United States Appellants, vs. Cinque, and Others, Africans, Captured in the Schooner Amistad, by Lieut. Gedney, Delivered on the 24th of February and 1st of March, 1841. With a Review of the Case of the Antelope, Reported in the 10th, 11th and 12th volumes of Wheaton's Reports. New York: S.W. Benedict, 1841. Reprinted by The Legal Classics Library, 2013. 135 pp. Full calf, extra gilt, all edges gilt, marbeled endpapers, ribbon marker. Bookplate on front pastedown, else fine. $65. * Abolitionists enlisted former US president John Quincy Adams to represent the Amistad captives' petition for freedom before the Supreme Court. Adams, then a 73-year-old US congressman from Massachusetts, had in recent years fought tirelessly against Congress's "gag rule" banning anti-slavery petitions. Here, Adams accepted the job of representing the Amistad captives, hoping he would "do justice to their cause." Adams spoke before the Court for nine hours and succeeded in moving the majority to decide in favor of freeing the captives once and for all. The Court ordered the thirty surviving captives (the others had died at sea or in jail) returned to their home in Sierra Leone.

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