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Black Odyssey: The Case of the Slave Ship `Amistad'
by Mary Cable
In August of 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, all of whom wore cutlasses, and two white men -- Spanish slave owners with an incredible story to tell. A month earlier, the Amistad, as the ship was known, had set sail from Ha ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 8th 1977 by Penguin Books
(first published 1971)
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Jan 29, 2015 Mike rated it 3 of 5 stars
This was a quick read that I am glad to have read, but did not enjoy all that much. It covers the story of the Amistad, but I never felt any real connection to any of the figures in the story. It tries to cover a great deal of the story in a very short book - from the events on the ship, to the Amistads' treatment in America, to the preparation for the trial, to the trial, to the two years following the trial where the Amistads had to raise money for their trip home, to the life and work of the ...more
The Amistad was a slave ship captured on the American coast after the slave cargo was able to overppower the crew. This is the story of the fateful voyage as well as the legal and political process after the capture by the US Navy. A future president represented the Africans in court.
Nov 28, 2014 HeavyReader rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people interested in US history and/or the slave trade
This book is easy to read and accesible to a wide audience. It would even be appropriate for kids in the higher elementary grades. It does a good job of giving the facts of the Amistad case and has interesting information in the appendix.