Mutiny on the Amistad
with a special introduction by Alan Dershowitz
LIMITED NUMBER REMAINING
This volume presents the first full-scale treatment of the only instance in history where African blacks, seized by slave dealers, won their freedom and returned home. Jones describes how, in 1839, Joseph Cinqué led other blacks in a revolt on the Spanish slave ship, Amistad, in the Caribbean. The seizure of the ship by an American naval vessel, the arrest of the Africans in Connecticut, and the Spanish protest against the violation of their property rights created an international controversy. The Amistad affair united Lewis Tappan and other abolitionists who put the "laws of nature" on trial in the United States by their refusal to accept a legal system that claimed to dispense justice while permitting artificial distinctions based on race or color.