The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom

by NEW YORK DIGITAL NEWS


La Amistad, author unknown, 1839.The latest episode of the A Minute In New York History podcast tells the story of the 1839 La Amistad Rebellion, in which 53 illegally enslaved Africans rose up against their Spanish captors off the coast of Cuba, took over the ship, and attempted to sail it to freedom.

They eventually reached Long Island, where they were arrested by U.S. officials. Aided by New York abolitionists, the Amistad Africans fought various legal battles for over two years before the Supreme Court finally ruled in their favor in what was one of the most important court cases related to slavery before the Civil War.

Guests for this podcast include Dr. Marcus Rediker, author of The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom and producer of the film Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels, and Dr. Georgette Grier-Key, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Eastville Community Historical Society.

Click here to listen to the full episode.

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Illustration: “La Amistad,” artist unknown, ca. 1839.

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