Yamba: He could also walk across the sea. Ignore everything but the pre-eminent issue at hand. Ruiz and Montes, meanwhile, were relieved of their weapons, tied up and ordered to sail back to Sierra Leone. If freed after a trial, key pro-slavery forces would be embittered and likely withdraw their support for Van Buren who sought reelection in 1840. Rather than being receptive to abolitionist sentiment, the courts were among the main defenders of slavery. Finally, even though he had not actively worked as a lawyer for quite a while, Adams had experience arguing before the United States Supreme Court. Hopkins, in a relatively low profile, could be up to the challenge, as Morgan Freeman; but it was Matthew McConaughey who most impressed the film with a huge performance, full of quality.
The district court ruled that the case fell within Federal jurisdiction and that the claims to the Africans as property were not legitimate because they were illegally held as slaves. The vessel was eventually caught and towed to Connecticut, where the rebels were put on trial to determine whether they were escaping slaves or freemen fighting for their rights. But in praising it, I touch on the film's great weakness: It is too much about the law and not enough about the victims. A thought-provoking look at a fascinating episode of American history. The courtroom arguments that centre upon the ownership of the 'cargo' of the Amistad are resolved only when this 'cargo' is recognised as being human bodies. The outcome helps to leave you feeling that against all odds, justice prevailed.
His story would be told and retold, in our classrooms. It is the present day American flag that the viewer notices waving through the air, while the flag should have contained less stars. After passing through the Bahamas, where the Amistad stopped on various small islands, it moved up the coast of the United States. The Africans were led by Sengbe Pieh, a 25-year-old Mendi known to the Spanish as Cinque, who managed to unshackle himself and his companions. Supreme Court, the prisoners won their freedom and returned to Africa. Events following the revolt raise controversial questions about slavery and freedom. Black Mutiny : The Revolt on the Schooner Amistad, by William A.
There were a few historical facts that were omitted from the move. This trial marked the beginning of a court case that dramatically challenged our judicial system. Cast against type, with shabby beard and big glasses to deglamorize his natural handsomeness, McConaughey renders a passable performance, failing to grab the opportunities of his substantial role. Hoping that the courts would order the Africans returned to Cuba, President Van Buren requested and received a concurring opinion from U. Yamba: I don't know, but everywhere he goes he is followed by the sun. Reissued to coincide with Steven Spielberg's motion picture Amistad, this true saga of a slave revolt and its impact on American abolition, law, and diplomacy is based on thorough research and provides excellent and detailed coverage of its subject.
The case went through the American judicial system all the way up to the Supreme Court, where former president John Quincy Adams joined the abolitionists' legal team. He relayed that the Africans could speak only native African tongues and that one of the two Spanish plantation owners, Jose Ruiz, spoke English. The case goes to the Supreme Court, where the Africans are defended by none other than John Quincy Adams Hopkins , the former president and son of founding father John Adams. Since it was the policy of slavery to destroy African families, these scenes are especially poignant. A widely publicized court case ensued about the ship and the legal status of the African captives. The Political Implications of the Case The implications of the Amistad case were profound. These images are coupled with representations of the Middle Passage which are often considered to be the most powerful aspect of the film.
The pain and suffering that these people went through is none like other. Com The story of the Amistad began in January 1839 when hundreds of native Africans were captured from Mendeland near Sierra Leone, and sold into the Spanish slave trade. Is it possible to say anything less than adulatory about this generation's Roots without looking like the kind of creep who failed to weep for Mother Teresa? Then white people and long speeches take over, and Amistad turns into a dull courtroom drama. Montez and Ruiz were ordered to sail east towards the rising sun, and Africa. This abduction violated all of the treaties then in existence. In March 1841, the Supreme Court agreed with him, upholding the lower court in a 7-1 decision.
At that time in U. . The Supreme Court decided in favor of the Africans, stating that they were free individuals. They are unlucky at first with their defense team, which is led by Roger Baldwin , a real estate lawyer who bases his case on property law and only slowly comes to see his clients as human beings. Yet they faced a formidable suite of opponents. As history, this account of a Cuban slave ship seized in 1839 by its African captives, and their legal travail that ended in the U. As a result, abolitionists were forced to raise money from scratch for the journey back to Sierra Leone.
They are then held prisoner in Connecticut, and their release becomes the subject of heated debate. While Stephen Spielberg did use humor to help subdue the emotional content of the movie the historical content remained relatively true to fact with a few exceptions. The backdrop of the movie was unfailing to the period in which it occurred. District Attorney filed an appeal to the Supreme Court. Holabird: Well, for you, perhaps.
But the Spanish sailors tricked the Africans and sailed up the coast of the United States until an American naval ship off the coast of Connecticut captured them. The film is an excellent way to convey knowledge to people, especially if they don't like to read or study. John Quincy Adams, in his speech before the Supreme Court, displays remarkable eloquence in the cause of not only the freedom of the West Africans who revolted against their captors on board the Amistad but also for the ending of slavery itself in the United States. Sickness, brutality, mutilation and death are depicted in these scenes; blood is splattered across the deck of the ship as the visceral horrors of enslavement are brought to attention. Adams explains that in court the one with the best story wins; indeed, we hear many stories in the course of this gritty drama as each character tries to explain why his view is the right one. Overall, however, as a movie Amistad is simply a bore. In the prison, events among the Africans are accelerating.