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Item #79711 Africans Taken in the Amistad: Message from the President of the. Amistad Case.
Africans Taken in the Amistad: Message from the President of the...
Africans Taken in the Amistad: Message from the President of the...

Africans Taken in the Amistad: Message from the President of the...

Documents Relating to the Amistad Case [Amistad Case]. Africans Taken in the Amistad. Message from the President of the United States, Transmitting the Information Required by the Resolution of the House of Representatives of the 23d Ultimo, In Relation to the Africans Taken in the Vessel Called the Amistad, &c. [Caption Title]. At head of title: Doc. No. 185. 26th Congress, 1st Session. Ho. of Reps. Executive. [Washington, DC]: Blair & Rives, Printers, [1840]. 69, [3], 6 pp. With the 6-pp. appendix Spanish Schooner L'Amistad. Octavo (8-3/4" x 5-1/2"). Recent three-quarter calf over marbled boards, blind fillets to calf edges, gilt title to spine, endpapers added. Moderate toning to interior, light foxing in a few places. An attractive copy. $950. * The Amistad case centered on the abduction of a large group of Africans from Sierra Leone. Illegally enslaved by Portuguese traders and taken on board La Amistad in Cuba by Spanish plantation owners, the group took control of the ship and demanded that the survivors return them home. The crew members steered towards the east coast of the United States instead, where the vessel was discovered and seized by an American lieutenant. The highly complex court proceedings that ensued involved seven parties and dealt with the sensitive intersection of international law, diplomacy and the Atlantic slave trade. Most fundamentally, they concerned the rights of the kidnapped Africans, who denied that they were criminals or slaves subject to the salvage and property claims made by the other parties. The case, which resulted in victory for the Africans, "brought to the United States living proof of the horrors of the African slave trade" and became an important target for the abolitionist movement (Finkelman). This pamphlet collects documents relating to the case requested by the House of Representatives. In a sign of the high level of public interest, it was reprinted in New York by an abolitionist group the same year. OCLC locates 1 copy in a law library (Northwestern). Finkelman, Slavery in the Courtroom 228.

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