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Amistad is the powerfully re imagined history of one of the country's first battles for civil rights In 1839 fifty three enslaved Africans led by a Mende rice farmer named Singbe Pieh staged a bloody rebellion on board the Amistad a Spanish slaver from Cuba The Amistad was intercepted by US navy officers and towed to port in New London Connecticut where the Africans were held for trial in New Haven Led by President Van Buren the pro slavery American government maintained that the Africans were Spanish property and should by returned to Havana to be tried for murder but members of the fledgling abolitionist movement forced a series of trials to win their freedom culminating at the Supreme Court where the Amistads were defended by former President John uincy Adams


10 thoughts on “Amistad

  1. says:

    There are several books out there detailing the history behind the case of the black men aboard the ship the Amistad This novel by David Pesci is a historical fiction Pesci has taken the facts of the case and used his imagination to create the parts of the story we don’t knowThe main protagonist in this fictionalization is Singbe – or Joseph Cinue as the American courts called him He was a Mende rice farmer captured and sold onto a slave ship bound for Cuba When purchased in Cuba along with 53 other Africans they were transferred under false papers saying all of them were slaves who had been born and raised in Cuba This is after the time when the slave trade had been outlawed in England and America to the extent that you couldn’t bring in new slaves from Africa but you could still continue to deal with slaves born on American or Cuban soil When told he and the other slaves aboard the Amistad were going to be cannibalized by their new owners in America Singbe leads a revolt killing most of the crew and taking two white men and a Cuban born slave hostage They attempt to sail the ship back to Africa having no knowledge of ships or navigation and are eventually picked up by an American Naval ship who has heard reports of black pirates in the area The white men aboard claim the Africans were going to eat them and that they are the legal owners of the slaves Several Americans including the Naval officers who took the ship claim salvage rights Some people want the slaves sold on American soil the Spaniards aboard the Amistad want the Africans shipped back to Cuba to be tried for murder and the abolitionists realize these are Africans and not Cuban slaves and decide to fight for their freedomWhat follows is the precedent setting court case in the American history of abolition Over the period of years with the input of several Presidents judges and the Supreme Court the Africans and Abolitionists fight for the freedom of the Amistads to return to Africa and their homes Their lives are threatened and several statements of perjury have to be de bunked before they can even begin to make progressThis book is an astounding fictionalization of a huge moment in American history that has failed to receive the attention it deserves Pesci does a wonderful job of creating the intensity of feeling in the reader which Singbe and the other Africans were feeling aboard a ship with no hope of ever seeing their families again He manages to balance the emotional part of the case with the legal portion never slipping into too much court jargon or sentimentalism This is a great place to start if you want to learn about the case of the Amistad


  2. says:

    This review has also been posted to and edwardrickfordcomI first learned about Amistad in middle school when we took time out of class to watch Spielberg’s Amistad If I remember correctly we only saw part of the movie but I struggle to remember exactly how much In any case I cannot say I found the movie particularly moving I really enjoyed Spielberg’s historical films like Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s list but Amistad just did not click with me I did however find the case interesting and was glad I learned about the case in some of my American history classes in college It was not until I read David Pesci’s Amistad however that I felt like I gained a truly rich understanding of this uniue historical incidentTold primarily from the perspective of Singbe a Mende tribesman abducted and sold into slavery the story starts with the Amistad ship en route to the Caribbean In terms of establishing proper context it is important to note that the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade was technically illegal at this time so the slavers must take great pains to avoid detection The upside for the smugglers however is that demand for slaves remains skyhigh on the plantations which all but ensures a great profit as long as they can make it to a Western seaport alive Singbe and the other enslaved Africans have only a vague notion of what awaits them on the other side of the Atlantic but they are not about to trust their well being to slavers They are at first powerless to improve their situation but Singbe comes into possession a small item which could change everything a loose nail He uickly takes possession of this invaluable treasure and uses it to unlock his manacles as well as the manacles of those locked below with him The slavers are woefully unprepared for a revolt and the abducted Africans uickly gain control of the shipAs it turns out they have not departed the metaphorical woods just yet Only the slavers know how to operate the ship which begs a terrible uestion can the leaders of the slave revolt trust the men who tried to sell them into slavery? They are contemptible men to be sure but Singbe unofficial leader of the slave revolt reasons that everyone on board hopes to make landfall so he grudgingly allows the surviving slavers to assist with navigation It ends up being a costly mistake and the smugglers secretly navigate the ship towards a nearby slave country which just so happens to be the United States Singbe and the other Africans are arrested by American forces and thereafter put on trial for murder The subseuent trial comprises the bulk of the novel and features cameos from major historical figures like John uincy Adams as well as many lesser known historical figuresI love a good courtroom drama as much as the next person but it’s the final few chapters of the book I remember most At this point in the story the trial is concluded but the abducted Africans are totally destitute and lack the means to return to West Africa Fortunately an anti slavery society has agreed to help raise funds for their return and the “Amistads” tour New England to solicit funds The Amistads prove to be a major draw with the abolitionist crowd and as they inch closer to their explicit goal the partnership between the anti slavery society and the Amistads begin to fray The former is dedicated to the abolition of slavery nationwide and believe the Amistads should play a key role in that struggle on account of their uniue popularity with audiences The Amistads however are concerned first and foremost with returning home and have little interest in serving as spokesmen for the abolitionist cause if it will delay their ability to return homeUltimately the anti slavery society makes good on their promise but the conflict raises interesting uestions Are the Amistads selfish for not doing to help the abolitionist cause? Are the abolitionists selfish for asking so much of the Amistads? I don’t think there is a simple yes or no for either uestion and that’s what makes the ending of Amistad powerful for me The book is available on and can be reuested at most libraries and I recommend it to anyone interested in West African history legal history or American history


  3. says:

    This is a captivating historical novel efficiently researched and written by David Pesci Singbe and many other Africans had been kidnapped from their native land made to board a ship and were held captive After they had entered another ship the Amistad they rose up against their masters Later they were captured and ended up in the United States where they underwent a lengthy trial with the help of an excellent defense I won't spoil the rest except to say this was an excellent look into our history


  4. says:

    Good historical fictionnon fiction I actually preferred the parts that read like non fiction direct uotes from the legal proceedings etc Based on true events but with some creative license around dialogue and composite characters A short worthy read


  5. says:

    I have read many books on the trans Atlantic slave trading and it's brutalities but none of them bares it all like AmistadI've never read about America's involvement in the abolitionist movement not to talk of them returning the Mendes to their homes


  6. says:

    This is a look at history not historical but pretty close and readers can image this being a true story


  7. says:

    I book this book from a library sale last year I finally got around to finishing it today This book was pretty good to be fiction I am going to find read the true story of this incident


  8. says:

    Incredible true story about a ship taken over and the shennanigans of the greedy slavers Masterly


  9. says:

    Very VERY good historical fiction It'll make you smile and cry It'll make you angry and it'll make you proud of some historical figures and hate others even


  10. says:

    Amistad takes place in 1839 where a group of slaves revolt in a ship called the Amistad In Spanish it means friendship The author uses detail and sources of the Amistad case that was settled in the Supreme Court of the United States This case ensured if the slaves should be returned home or handed to Spanish authorities