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Teaching American History and the Movie Amistad (1997)

Author(s): Christine Meissner

Journal: American Studies Journal
ISSN 1433-5239

Issue: 53;
Start page: 9;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: America | United States | US | slavery | race | emancipation | history | culture | Hollywood | movies | films | education | classroom

If you wish to understand the causes of the Civil War and the development that led to the Emancipation Proclamation, it is imperative to understand the role of slavery in the United States in the 19th century. One possible way of preparing students for this episode in American history is by viewing a movie that deals with the topic of slavery both from an emotional and a legal viewpoint. The movie Amistad offers both.
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