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    African Americana: Amistad Print or Newspaper Extra. 9" x 11.25" lithograph titled "Extra Sun", issued by the publisher of the "New York Sun", Moses Beach, in 1839. It depicts "Joseph Cinquez [sic]", the leader of a revolt of Africans, kidnapped from their homes in Sierra Leone and sold into slavery in Cuba. While being transported by their two new Spanish owners, the captives killed the ship's captain and some crew members and took over control of the ship named the "Amistad". Through a subterfuge, the ship sailed to Long Island, rather than Africa. The mutineers were arrested and brought to trial in the United States, winning acquittal and their freedom through the legal efforts of Roger Baldwin and John Quincy Adams. The subtitle reads: "The brave Congolese Chief, who prefers death to Slavery, and who now lies in Jail in Irons at New Haven Conn. awaiting his trial for daring for freedom." Cinqué and his comrades gained their freedom on a legal technicality, since the ownership papers were fraudulent and claimed the slaves were natives of Cuba, rather than Africans (the international slave trade being illegal). The question of slavery's legality was not a factor in the trial. Hinged with linen tape along the left edge onto a larger sheet. A very historic piece. Examples are housed in the Library of Congress and the Connecticut Historical Society, but we could not locate any sales at auction.

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    May, 2014
    24th Saturday
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