THE NORTHERN STAR
The Africans Granted Their Freedom
Written by; Cary F Smith
In November of 1839, the District Court proceeding began. The abolitionists immediately began to make their case, that is until being postponed by Judge Andrew Jackson. In January of 1840, Jackson ruled that the Africans were illegally enslaved, at which point the White House and Spanish authorities appealed Judson?s ruling in the U.S. Circuit court. In April 1840, Justice Thompson ruled in favor of Judson?s ruling, which led the Administration to appeal the case up to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Congressman and former U.S. President John Quincy Adams joined Baldwin in the abolitionists? team, to fight for the Africans right to regain their freedom, and return to their homeland. After a month, the U. S. Supreme Court reached a decision to reverse Judson?s order to the execuited to return the Africans to their homeland. However, The Supreme Court upheld Judson?s finding that the Africans had been enslaved and thus the right to fight for their freedom.
This information was gathered from the viewing of the movie Amistad and from the reading of these web addresses: http://www.lihistory.com/vault/hs51921v.htm and http://amistad.mysticseaport.org/timeline/amistad.html