The Theme Of Slavery In Amistad

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Amistad is perhaps one of the densest film about slavery.
The synopsis reveals the originality. This is not a simple story of a slave on a plantation or elsewhere that seeks to win his freedom. No, the frame is attacking the very essence of slavery in a sensitive period when the controversy surrounding this issue divided the American public. Indeed America has officially renounced procure slaves outside its borders in finding unlawful the removal of blacks from their land across the Atlantic. A first step that weakens a priori the evil of the slave trade. But unofficially, remains illegal trafficking of slaves who escape police in the United Kingdom, firmly committed to ending it. The most repulsive face of slavery is criticized. Remains to
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A revolt occurs in a Spanish ship La Amistad, carrying slaves. These indeed succeed to free themselves from their chains and armed with sabers, swords, embark on an assault to recover their freedom and force their survivors’ tormentors to take them back home. Obviously, the captain and his partner, held captive, will not do it and after six weeks at sea, the vessel approached American cost and is intercepted by officers. Slaves - the relevance of this term is very questionable in this movie - are put in prison and then launched a furious legal battle to decide about their fate. First, the boat captains, who bought slaves, claim their merchandise as well as compensation for the criminal trial murder of their crew. On the other hand the Spanish Crown - whose official representative is a child of eleven years old - demands in the name of diplomatic and trade agreements that be rendered to him his property (slaves). And of course, the abolitionists, seeing in the case a means of advancing their noble cause, advocate for the release of African hostages and to be sent …show more content…
But by a scarcely credible chance, Baldwin put his hand on a dishonestly hidden document by the captains that indirectly attest that slaves are not! However the case that should be won in just one hour film lasted for more. Complainants Call, the government. Then one becomes aware of a tangle of issues in the case that it just do not question the legitimacy of slavery but the very foundations of the young American democracy. The latter is then torn between the fear of losing its freedom and its singularity vis-Ă -vis Europe and the one of the civil war between North and South. According to Christine Meissner (2009), if one wishes to understand the causes of the Civil War and the development that led to the Emancipation Proclamation, it is imperative to understand the role of slavery in the nineteenth-century United States. This latent tension is accentuated by less profound issues such as the re-election of the outgoing President, ready to do anything to calm the Southern slaveholders who do not see in a good eye the verdict of the Courts; the question of who we are, above all, our "History" to build and strengthen fight after fight, the one for being white like Baldwin, or Black and abolitionist like Joadson ... Who are we? And yet what defines humanity? Market relations between men which slavery would be a trivial example, or freedom for which

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