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Amistad’s Orphans: An Atlantic Story of Children, Slavery and Smuggling

thumbnail imageBy Greg Livadas

It was 2007 when Benjamin Lawrance, who had a fellowship at Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, held an 1840 letter from an African boy written to former President John Quincy Adams.

Lawrance, RIT’s Hon. Barber B. Conable Jr. Chair in International Studies, was struck by how rarely he heard stories directly from enslaved children ... (more)