By (author) David Pesci
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Amistad by David Pesci
Book DescriptionAmistad 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 U.S. 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 Quincy Adams.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781569247037
(210mm x 140mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Marlowe & Co
Publisher: Marlowe & Co
Publish Date: 27-Oct-1997
Country of Publication: United States
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The story of one of America's first civil rights battles. In 1839 fifty-three African slaves staged a bloody mutiny on board the Amistad, a Spanish slaver from Cuba. But their success was short-lived as the vessel was intercepted by the American navy, towed to New London Connecticut, where the slaves were held for deportation.
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Author Biography - David Pesci
David Pesci has written for The New York Times, The National Review and other regional newspapers and specialty magazines. Amistad is his debut novel.
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