Spring '21

The Amistad Mutiny

From the Set The Black American Journey

In 1839, African slaves who rebelled against their Spanish owners on the Amistad schooner were charged with murder in the United States. This book details the famous U.S. Supreme Court case that ultimately ruled in favor of the black captives. Additional features include detailed captions and sidebars, critical-thinking questions, a phonetic glossary, an index, and sources for further research.

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  • The Sale of Human Beings
  • The Dark Journey
  • Mutiny on the Amistad
  • Decisions and Disagreements
  • The Trial
  • A Legacy of Freedom
  • Think About It
  • Time Line
  • Glossary
  • Further Information
  • Index
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 5
Dewey 326
Lexile 950
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level Y
Language English
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Format Reinforced book, Hosted ebook
ISBN 9781503853706, 9781503854185
Copyright 2021, 2021
Number of Pages 32, 32
Dimensions 8 x 9.5, 8 x 9.5
Graphics Full-color photographs, Historical photographs

A noteworthy review of The Black American Journey from School Library Journal on April 1, 2021

To say ‘Lincoln freed the slaves’ is too simplistic to be real history. Students should learn the actual reasons for his actions. Black Americans have withstood horrific conditions throughout American history and these books speak to their heartbreaking struggles and considerable triumphs. The writing is approachable and the texts are evenhanded. Period photos, drawings, and maps are generous. Historical illustrations are devastating at times, such as a boy drinking out of a ‘colored’ water fountain or a poster advertising enslaved people for sale. Photos of archival documents such as the Emancipation Proclamation are included. Back matter includes a ‘Think About It’ box, with questions for further thought about the subject at hand. This series was clearly painstakingly researched, but one quibble is there are no source notes. VERDICT This is true Black American history everyone should know about. Highly recommended for schools and public libraries.

Author: Barbara A. Somervill

Barbara A. Somervill is the author of many books for children. She also writes video scripts and textbooks. She loves learning and sees every writing project as a chance to learn new information or gain a new understanding. Somervill grew up in New York State, but she has also lived in Toronto, Canada; Canberra, Australia; California; and South Carolina. She is a graduate of Saint Lawrence University in Canton, New York, and currently lives with her husband in Simpsonville, South Carolina.