Black Odyssey - The Case of the Slave Ship Amistad

Cable, Mary

Published by The Viking Press, 1971
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1971. First Edition. 183pp, including appendix and index. B&W illustrations. "La Amistad was a 19th-century two-masted schooner built in Spain[citation needed] and owned by a Spaniard living in Cuba. While it was transporting Mende captives originally kidnapped in Sierra Leone from Havana, Cuba, in July 1839, the Africans took control of the ship. La Amistad was captured off the coast of Long Island by the Revenue Cutter USS Washington. The Mende and La Amistad were interned while court proceedings were undertaken for their disposition. The case, United States v. The Amistad (1841) was finally decided by the Supreme Court of the United States in favor of the Mende, restoring their freedom. It became a symbol in the movement to abolish slavery." Unclipped dust jacket. No inscriptions. A very good copy. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: In August 1839, what appeared to be a listless "pirate ship," unidentified by any flag, was spotted off the North Atlantic coast of the United States. On board were thirty barely clad black men armed with cutlasses, and two white men - Spanish slave owners with an incredible story to tell. A month erlier, the Amistad had set sail from Havana with a valuable cargo of slaves and $40,000 worth of gold doubloons. She was headed fot the Cuban coastal town of Puerto Principe - but in a matter of days the captain and the cook were dead, and the ship was in the control of the slaves. Thus began "the Amistad affair," which reports Mary Cable, "was to bedevil the diplomaic relations of the United States, Spain, and England for a generation; intensifly bitterness over the question of slavery; and...lead an ex-president (John Quincy Adams) to go before the Supreme Court and castigate the administration" in an eloquent plea for the slaves' freedom. In her fascinating and carefuly researched account, Cable takes us right to the heart of these complex matters, dramatically replaying an incredible series of events that conerged to form a uiquely exciting and challenging chapter in American history.

From Library Journal: This work tells the story of the schooner Amistad, which was seized by its cargo of slaves while en route to Havana in 1839. The ship was piloted to New York and seized by the U.S. Navy. In a subsequent trial the slaves were charged with mutiny and murder. Though the book is interesting in itself, additional readership will be generated by the current Steven Spielberg film Amistad. A "historical study of a real event that reads like fiction" (LJ 10/1/71). [Besides the film version, coverage of this formerly little-known episode includes several new titles, among them Helen Kromer's Amistad, reviewed in this issue, p. 99.]
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Title: Black Odyssey - The Case of the Slave Ship ...
Publisher: The Viking Press
Publication Date: 1971
Binding: Original Blue Cloth Hardback
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