Declared to be Free: Teaching About the Amistad Case

Declared to be Free: Teaching About the Amistad Case



Michigan/Great Lakes Social Studies Conference
October 18, 2013


The dramatic story of the Amistad case provides a fascinating look at legal standards of free and slave status in early nineteenth century America. One of the most famous cases of its time, it involved future lawyer-president John Quincy Adams and incorporated both American and international laws. Participants will discuss the story of the case, analyze related federal court documents and grapple with with popular myths related to the case. Participants will discuss how the case might serve as a resource for teaching about slavery and freedom in American history.

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