Marcus Rediker’s new book, The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom, revisits one of the most stirring episodes in American history: the revolt aboard the Cuban schooner Amistad in July 1839, during which a small group of enslaved Africans seized control of the vessel and tried to sail home. Tricked by one of their former captors, whom they had relied upon to steer the ship, they drifted northwards instead of eastwards – all the way to Long Island, where they were apprehended by the U.S. Navy at the end of August. The Africans were taken to a jail in Connecticut and spent the next year-and-a-half challenging the U.S. legal system to secure their freedom – and at last to win their passage home.
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|By: Attaturk Tuesday December 7, 2010 1:30 am|
You may have to go down to the state level, but there are some Democrats out there with a spine.
|By: Attaturk Thursday November 4, 2010 1:30 am|
Funny how knowing people makes you more sympathetic and knowledgeable about them…or just more knowledgeable.
|By: Attaturk Wednesday November 3, 2010 1:30 am|
Golly, that didn’t go so well.
|By: Attaturk Tuesday October 5, 2010 1:30 am|
I do believe we have a Judge of the Year candidate.
|By: Attaturk Friday September 24, 2010 1:30 am|
Orange you glad we have such determined leadership in the Democratic Congress?
|By: Eli Friday April 30, 2010 6:01 pm|
Because gay judges would be too biased towards other gays, and female judges would be too biased towards other women, and minority judges would be too biased towards other minorities. Therefore only straight white judges can be trusted to be perfectly objective and untouched by identity politics.
|By: Cynthia Kouril Thursday April 22, 2010 6:15 pm|
A judge in Florida discovered that in two cases, two different banks were trying to foreclose first mortgages on the same piece of property. Judges in every state need to be alerted to this systemic problem; they need to see a complete paper trail and not risk allowing an entity that does not own the note or mortgage to take someone’s house.
|By: Cynthia Kouril Sunday April 4, 2010 4:00 pm|
Bill collectors are NOT social workers, debt counselors or consumer advocates. They are bill collectors, they will eat you. Oh, they may call themselves “mortgage servicers”, but what does that mean? It means they collect the money from the homeowners.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday November 18, 2009 7:15 am|