Amistad - Supreme Court records record example

    Amistad - Supreme Court records

    Records: 1,025Complete: 100%

    These records contain correspondence and court documents of the Supreme Court case related to the "Amistad." Claims of salvage of the ship, cargo, and slaves on board were decided by the Supreme Court in 1841. The case was a flash point for the abolitionist movement of the time. Handwritten records of this landmark case illuminate the conflict over slavery at that time, and are good examples of the operation of the US judicial system. The case was popularized in Steven Spielberg's 1997 movie.

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    Source Information

    "Appellate Case File No. 2161, United States v. The Amistad, 40 U.S. 518 (15 Peters 518), Decided March 9, 1841, and Related Lower Court and Department of Justice Records" database with images Fold3 ( accessed November 27, 2022)

    Publication Title
    Amistad - Supreme Court records
    Total Records
    1,025Complete: 100%
    Content Source
    The National Archives logoThe National Archives
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    Record Group
    Published on Fold3
    06 Feb 2007
    Last Updated
    06 Feb 2007
    NARA M2012. This Supreme Court case deals with issues of salvage of the "Amistad," a ship carrying slaves seized by the US Navy in 1839.