The Amistad Mutineers Trial
ONE PRESIDENT BEING TRIED BY ANOTHER
"John Quincy Adams, now a Congressman ...was so moved by the plight of the captives that ...having been out of law practice more than thirty years he nevertheless undertook to argue the case before the U.S. Supreme Court. 'I implore ...Almighty God... to give me utterance that I may prove myself in every respect equal to the task'. "
-A Pictorial History of African Americans, NY 1995 p.113
The spectators' vigil had not been in vain. They were to witness the trial of one President by another.... He took the Administration severely to task for interfering with the liberty of free individuals.
and the AMISTAD Africans were destined to be * a national symbol....
they became a symbol of human justice achieved through legal procedure.
Their case went from the lowest court to the highest - with a decision
that struck a blow for freedom around the world. "
-Slave Mutiny by William A. Owens, NY 1953, p.107,273