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Mutiny on the Amistad

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  12 reviews
"Mutiny on the Amistad" presents the first full-scale treatment of the only instance in history where African blacks, seized by slave dealers, won their freedom and returned home. Howard Jones describes how, in 1839, fifty-three of the captives led by Joseph Cinque revolted in the Caribbean aboard the Spanish slave ship, the "Amistad." The seizure of the ship, the arrest o ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published November 20th 1997 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 8th 1987)
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Mar 20, 2014 rated it liked it
This book ought to have been titled, The Complete Legal Struggle Involving the Amistad Mutiny Case and Its Ramifications on the American Cause for Abolition of Slavery. It is an interesting and factually detailed book from that perspective, and very informative. However, the mutiny and mutineers are only involved when some legal plea or other involves them. I, personally, wanted to know more of the bloody details of the revolt, and the personalities behind the slave rebellion on the Amistad. Jos ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: af-am-non-fic
What is good about this book is that it lays out a little known (until they turned it into a movie) event in US history, which is the only time enslaved African took over a slaving vessel, won their freedom, and were able to return home. It is critical that such history, in all its detail, be remembered, understood, and honored.

But as someone who does not care about the minutiae of legal matters, this book was exhausting. It reports on every (and I mean EVERY) twist and turn, every opinion, ever
Michele Ongele Phillips
A good book on the history of African Americans. Read for African American History class.
Miles Smith
This is a clinical history that is nonetheless a slog to read. All the pertinent information is present, but the writing is disappointing. I skimmed through the last 25 pages. Its a work that historians may find useful, but laypeople will probably be better served by Marcus Rediker's book.
Jacob Lines
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: american-history, law
I enjoyed this book so much that I sent it along as my contribution to a family book exchange that my siblings did a few years ago. My non-lawyer brother called several days later and told me that he was reading it, and it made him feel like he was right there in the courtroom as things happened. I was pleased, because that was my favorite thing about the book. “Yep,” he said, “like I’m sittin’ right there, listening to every excruciating detail of every legal argument the lawyers made.” I guess ...more
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Dec 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
This book completely changed my view American history related to slavery. It took a lot of my preconceived ideas of slaves, slavers, slave society, and stood them on their heads. (So much more to it all than what little we learned in public high school!)

The most important thing I got from reading this book was something like a two-sided coin: on one hand, everyone took part in the slave trade, not just white colonists/Americans; on the other hand, opposition to slavery came from all sides, *incl
Jun 10, 2013 rated it liked it
It was an alright book. I think if I had chosen to read it myself it would have been more interesting. But in this case I had to read it for a class. I then watched the movie which made me appreciate the book more. It was full of facts (the book, that is) and many dates and it just seemed like everything was being repeated constantly, even from chapter to chapter.
Apr 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
A good true story of what happened to a group of Africans when the the slave ship that they were cargo on is captured by the navy. It gives a good view of the American system at the time in regards to slavery.
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A very good book. It particularly goes at length into the legal manuvering and a very left handed Supreme Court decision that reflected the inconsistency of the time. Its a very interesting study. I recommend it highly.
Fredrick Danysh
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
The Amistad was a slave ship carrying slaves to the United States. The black cargo overpowered the slavers and took control. When caputured, the case went before the Supreme Court with a future president defending the blacks.
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Its really good i wanted to read this book because i had watch the movie so i wanted to read the book and its good so far.
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