From journalism and lectures to drama, visual art, and the
Spielberg film, this study ranges across the varied cultural
reactions--in America and Sierra Leone--engendered by the 1839
Amistad slave ship revolt.
Iyunolu Folayan Osagie is a native of Sierra Leone, from where
the Amistad's cargo of slaves originated. She digs deeply into the
Amistad story to show the historical and contemporary relevance of
the incident and its subsequent trials. At the same time, she shows
how the incident has contributed to the construction of national
and cultural identity both in Africa and the African diasporo in
America--though in intriguingly different ways.
This pioneering work of comparative African and American
cultural criticism shows how creative arts have both confirmed and
fostered the significance of the Amistad revolt in contemporary
racial discourse and in the collective memories of both
Subjects: Language & Literature, Sociology
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