Amistad Anniversary

August 29 is the 175th anniversary of the day when a man named Cinque led a group of Africans to take control of a slave ship that was transporting them.  But they also had to go through an unusual legal battle before their freedom was guaranteed.  Read more in one of these books:

Africa is my home
Africa is My Home: A Child of the Amistad by Monica Edinger

Based on the story of one of the four children on the Amistad, describing her capture, her witness to a mutiny, and the Supreme Court trial that prompts her return to Africa.  Recommended for ages 10 and up.  (The author recommends more books in her Horn Book article, Books About Africa.)

amistad the story
Amistad: The Story of a Slave Ship by Patricia C. McKissack

A nonfiction book for younger readers, recommended for ages 7 to 8.

freedoms sons
Freedom’s Sons: The True Story of the Amistad Mutiny by Suzanne Jurmain

This version pays special attention to the actual words of the people involved, and what happened to them after the trial.  Recommended for ages 10 and up.

amistad mutiny
The Amistad Mutiny: From the Court Case to the Movie by Melissa Eisen Azarian

From the series Famous Court Cases that Became Movies, recommended for middle school students.

amistad long road
Amistad: The Long Road to Freedom by Walter Dean Myers

Traces the 1839 revolt of Africans against their Spanish captors aboard the slave ship Amistad, their landing in the United States and arrest for piracy and murder, and trials which ended in their acquittal by the Supreme Court.  Recommended for ages 10 and up.

rebals against slavery
Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts by Patricia C. McKissack and Frederick L. McKissack

For more context, this Coretta Scott King Honor book tells the stories of other slave rebellions (both well-known and less familiar).  Recommended for middle school students.

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