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Amistad’s Orphans: An Atlantic Story of Children, Slavery, and Smuggling by Benjamin N. Lawrance (review)

Amistad’s Orphans: An Atlantic Story of Children, Slavery, and Smuggling by Benjamin N. Lawrance... JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC (Winter 2016) Amistad's Orphans: An Atlantic Story of Children, Slavery, and Smuggling. By Benjamin N. Lawrance. (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2014. Pp. 376. Cloth, $85.00.) Reviewed by Craig Hollander Many scholars are already familiar with the saga of the Africans from La Amistad. But don't let such familiarity with the episode keep you from reading Benjamin N. Lawrance's new book, Amistad's Orphans: An Atlantic Story of Children, Slavery, and Smuggling. Focusing on African child slaves, the book provides a fresh perspective on both the Amistad affair and the illegal African slave trade to Cuba during the second quarter of the nineteenth century. With good reason, Lawrance takes issue with those who characterize the period as an "age of abolition." On the contrary, he argues that it constituted "the beginning of an age of child enslavement" (7). In 1997, the superstar director Steven Spielberg released the film Amistad, which portrayed the ordeal of 53 African slaves who staged a successful insurrection onboard a Cuban slave ship called La Amistad in 1839. Although the Africans sought to sail the ship to Africa, they wound up near Long Island. They were detained in Connecticut http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

Amistad’s Orphans: An Atlantic Story of Children, Slavery, and Smuggling by Benjamin N. Lawrance (review)

Journal of the Early Republic , Volume 36 (4) – Dec 21, 2016

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JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC (Winter 2016) Amistad's Orphans: An Atlantic Story of Children, Slavery, and Smuggling. By Benjamin N. Lawrance. (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2014. Pp. 376. Cloth, $85.00.) Reviewed by Craig Hollander Many scholars are already familiar with the saga of the Africans from La Amistad. But don't let such familiarity with the episode keep you from reading Benjamin N. Lawrance's new book, Amistad's Orphans: An Atlantic Story of Children, Slavery, and Smuggling. Focusing on African child slaves, the book provides a fresh perspective on both the Amistad affair and the illegal African slave trade to Cuba during the second quarter of the nineteenth century. With good reason, Lawrance takes issue with those who characterize the period as an "age of abolition." On the contrary, he argues that it constituted "the beginning of an age of child enslavement" (7). In 1997, the superstar director Steven Spielberg released the film Amistad, which portrayed the ordeal of 53 African slaves who staged a successful insurrection onboard a Cuban slave ship called La Amistad in 1839. Although the Africans sought to sail the ship to Africa, they wound up near Long Island. They were detained in Connecticut

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Journal of the Early RepublicUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Dec 21, 2016

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