Provide the necessary background information for what the legal challenges were for the slaves in the Amistad case.

American History

Requirements:

Write a 5-7 page paper. The paper should be typed and double-spaced Your paper should have 12-point font, Times New Roman, and 1-inch margins on all sides. This paper should answer the following question.

Question:

From 1839-1841. one of the biggest legal battles in the United States involved the fate of slaves who had killed their slaveholders while on board a Spanish slave ship called La Amistad. After taking over the ship, the ship went off course and landed in American waters. The slaves were then placed in American custody. Provide the necessary background information for what the legal challenges were for the slaves in the Amistad case. What was the outcome in each of their legal battles in federal court? How did this case become a national story? What was the impact of the final decision in that case? Be specific.

 

Citations:

For this paper, I am requiring you to do a little research. You need at least THREE SOURCES for this paper. You cannot use the textbook as a source. Also, you cannot consult any internet source unless it is a journal article from jstor.org. Otherwise, consult books and journal articles from any library in the area. At the very end of your 5-7 page paper, insert a bibliography to indicate the sources you used. The bibliography does NOT count towards the 5-7 page requirement for the paper. If you are borrowing a thought or reference from a source in the body of your paper, you need to include a citation. For this paper, you may use parenthetical citation (Author’s name, Title, page number).

 

Format:

You MUST include a title page at the beginning, which should have your name, a title for your paper, and your class and section number. As mentioned above, you MUST include a bibliography at the end of your 5-7 page paper. Your title page and bibliography do NOT count to the 5-7 page requirement for your paper. Watch your spelling and grammar. Do NOT include contractions [i.e. don’t, can’t, wasn’t, etc.). Do NOT use first person [i.e. “I”, me”, “us”, “we”, “myself”, etc.] I do take off 1 point for each contraction or first person pronoun I see in a paper.

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