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(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION--AMISTAD CAPTIVES.) BALDWIN, ROGER. Argument of Roger Baldwin, of New Haven Before the Supreme Court of the United States in the Case of the United States Appellants vs Cinque and Others,, Africans of the Amistad. 32 pages, dis-bound. New York: S.W. Benedict, 1841
first edition Roger Baldwin (1793-1863) one of the great lawyers of his age, in one of the great pre-Civil War human rights cases, teamed up with former President John Quincy Adams to successfully represent the Africans of the Amistad before the Supreme Court. The slaves on board that Spanish schooner mutinied off the coast of Cuba, killed some of the crew members and forced the ship to head north. It was captured by a U.S. Ship off Long Island, and the Africans awaited their fate in a New Haven jail. "While Adams presented a bitter political denunciation of the federal government's treatment of the Amistad captives, Baldwin presented a convincing legal argument." (Finkelman, 225). Finkelman, 237; Dumond 24, Marvin 90, Harvard Law Catalogue, 110, LCP 808.
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