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The Amistad Mutiny

From the Court Case to the Movie

Series: Famous Court Cases That Became Movies

By Melissa Eisen Azarian

In 1839, a group of enslaved Africans bound for Cuba mutinied on their ship, the AMISTAD. They attempted to sail back to Africa, but ended up in the waters off New York, where they were recaptured and put on trial. Author Melissa Eisen Azarian explores the history behind the case, the trial, and the movie, AMISTAD, based on their fight for freedom. Illustrated with paintings from the period and stills from the movie.

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Reviews

"The book is very well written in a clear, interesting and understandable manner . . . a very good selection for middle and high school libraries . . ."

TriState Young Adult Book Review Committee, November 2009

"This is written in understandable terms and would be a good resource for a report."

Book Buzz, April 2010

"The text is easy to follow and understand."

South Sound Book Review Council, January 21, 2010

"Books about notable court cases are nothing new, but the inclusion of movies inspired by them is an alluring twist. These authors explain complex issues in an easy-to-follow manner . . . Sources are well-documented, making this series a promising staple for reports."

School Library Journal, April 2009

". . . an interesting combination of the facts around the mutiny of a group of enslaved Africans aboard a Spanish cargo ship in 1839 and the impulse that led Debbie Allen and Steven Spielberg to create the movie version of the case."

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