Amistad - Supreme Court records record example

Amistad - Supreme Court records

Records: 1,025 · Complete: 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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Example Records

Attorney General's Summary and Opinion
Attorney General's Summary and Opinion
Decree of the Court Freeing the Africans
Decree of the Court Freeing the Africans

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 October 20, 2021)

Publication Title
Amistad - Supreme Court records
Total Records
1,025 · Complete: 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.