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Black Odyssey: The Case of the Slave Ship `Amistad'

3.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  34 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
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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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
Feb 10, 2016 Greta rated it really liked it
Another gem for Black history readers, even if you have seen the movie AMISTAD, Mary Cable's telling of this story is fascinating.
Feb 13, 2016 Matt rated it liked it
Important history too dryly written.
Fredrick Danysh
Aug 30, 2011 Fredrick Danysh rated it liked it
Shelves: history
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 really liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in US history and/or the slave trade
Shelves: us-history
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.
Scot Marvin
Dec 20, 2008 Scot Marvin rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Quick, easy, and disturbing read. I found this gem tucked away in one of the many sequestered bookshelves of Powells Books in Portland.

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Jan 13, 2012 John rated it liked it
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Very interesting. This book took me a while to read even though it was short in length. But I enjoyed this book as much as any history I have read.
Jan 04, 2012 Bill rated it liked it
Black Odyssey is one of the details that gives further explanation to the inevitability of the American Civil War.
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