The Original Amistad Captives Pamphlet and Public Record
WHERE: Cornell University Rare Books and Manuscripts Vault, Cornell University
WHEN: Saturday, June 10, 2012
This is the first printing of the account of the famous slave revolt on the Spanish Schooner Amistad, written by John Barber in 1840, one year after the death of Amistad captain Ferrer. This is the very pamphlet which was later translated into the somewhat controversial film Amistad (1997). These pamphlets were the original Facebook, the great grandfather of today's viral news agencies, and the first ever American accounts of slave rebellion by African slaves being brought to American shores. This is not a photocopy, and the drawings and accounts were not cut and pasted, but rather woodcut lithographs, painstakingly crafted to account for the events on the ship. Get your head around that…history can be a mean bitch at times, just like reality.