Amistad


Directed by Steven Spielberg, Amistad is the story of John Quincy Adam’s fight to free the man who started a mutiny on a slave ship.

John Quincy Adams was the 6th president of the United States.  But he was so much more than just a president.  He served in the U.S. House of Representatives and he was a staunch abolitionist.

Amistad, which means friendship is the name of a slave ship traveling from Cuba to the U.S. in 1839. On board are a number of Africans who will be sold into slavery once they reach the United States.  One member on board is Cinque, an African tribal leader.  He is able to escape his bonds and lead a mutiny, which means he and the other Africans take over the ship. Not knowing what to do, the Africans continue to sail hoping they will reach land and freedom.  Instead they reach the United States.  They are captured and imprisoned as runaway slaves. An abolitionist lawyer takes their case in an effort to free the Africans.  The case goes all the way to the Supreme Court. There, John Quincy Adams makes a four hour speech to help win the case.

This movie, which is based on historical fact stars Morgan Freeman, Djimon Hounsou and Matthew McConaughey.

It is rated R for violence and some nudity.  Be sure to get permission from your parents before watching this movie.

 

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