Black Mutiny: Revolt on the Schooner Amistad

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Set in 1839, this is the true story of a revolt on the Spanish slave ship "Amistad", whose cargo of 53 Africans rebelled against their captors. Captured off the coast of Connecticut when their desperate attempt to sail home failed, the Africans are forced to stand trial for the murder of the crew that had held them prisoner. To win their freedom, they find themselves taking on not just the Spanish, but the entire American justice system. They are joined in their fight by a young attorney, former U.s. President John Quincy Adams, and a fiery abolitionist.

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William A. Owens received his B.A. and M.A. from Southern Methodist University and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Before coming to Columbia University in 1947, where he was Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus, he taught at a number of schools and colleges, including the Lamar County, Texas, public schools. Mr. Owens was born in Pin Hook, Texas, and the author of several books, novels, and nonfiction.

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Captured by a neighbor in Africa and held captive aboard the Spanish slave ship, Amistad, Cinque is headed for Cuba's plantations. His fortune after recapture, the trials and the well-intentioned delays of white abolitionists, meticulously researched and put into historical context by Owens, should be an engrossing, pivotal episode in history. In this pedestrian account it becomes an ungainly game of fact and fiction. In spite of a passionate performance, Hill's many talents are wasted. He breathlessly wades through language both pedantic and pathetically laced with stilted conversations that may be authentic but ring untrue. The heavy irony of the denouement sinks all. S.B.S. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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