The Amistad Case

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Douglas Linder

University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

The improbable voyage of the schooner Amistad and the court proceedings and diplomatic maneuverings that resulted from that voyage form one of the most significant stories of the nineteenth century. When Steven Spielberg chose the Amistad case as the subject of his 1997 feature film, he finally brought it the attention the case had long deserved, but never received. The Amistad case energized the fledgling abolitionist movement and intensified conflict over slavery, prompted a former President to go before the Supreme Court and condemn the policies of a present Administration, soured diplomatic relations between the United States and Spain for a generation, and created a wave of interest in sending Christian missionaries to Africa.

Keywords: Famous Trials, Trial, Amistad, Slavery, Slaves, Abolition, Abolitionist, Cinque, John Quincy Adams

JEL Classification: K10, K40, K41, K42

Suggested Citation

Linder, Douglas, The Amistad Case (2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1021314 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1021314

Douglas Linder (Contact Author)

University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law ( email )

5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
United States

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