Steven Spielberg's La Amistad Essay

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What an eye-opening film by Steven Spielberg! The movie, La Amistad, was based on historical events. Blacks from West Africa were captured and sold into slavery. They were put on a boat called the Tecora and later transferred to the clipper called La Amistad. Spielberg did a beautiful job in accurately recreating the events that lead to the historical court hearings of the imprisoned blacks. The hearings began at the state level. Then it was taken to the Supreme Court. Questions about slavery, equality, and freedom, sprung forth during the Amistad case. Not only was this case a milestone for the abolitionist movement, it also questioned the writings of the Declaration of Independence. Where all men created equal, like the constitution …show more content…
What an eye-opening film by Steven Spielberg! The movie, La Amistad, was based on historical events. Blacks from West Africa were captured and sold into slavery. They were put on a boat called the Tecora and later transferred to the clipper called La Amistad. Spielberg did a beautiful job in accurately recreating the events that lead to the historical court hearings of the imprisoned blacks. The hearings began at the state level. Then it was taken to the Supreme Court. Questions about slavery, equality, and freedom, sprung forth during the Amistad case. Not only was this case a milestone for the abolitionist movement, it also questioned the writings of the Declaration of Independence. Where all men created equal, like the constitution stated?
Throughout the movie, Spielberg uses flashbacks to tell the story of one of the characters named Joseph Cinque. These flashbacks showed how he was captured. Blacks from other tribes kidnapped him and handed over to the Portuguese slave hunters. In return, these blacks received weapons and other goods. The next flashback Joseph had, was about his journey to Cuba, which was dangerous. Many blacks died on this journey. Cuba was the slave hunter’s first destination. One of the reasons many blacks died at sea was because of the gruesome living conditions. They were shackled and whipped. At one point in the film, it looked like the Spanish crew members were kissing the black women, which is sexual harassment. Their living conditions were
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