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Journal of Modern Italian Studies
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Anno XVII , n° 2, Dicembre 1999 ( Altre Letterature ) pag. 311-319

WRITING RACE IN 1862:
BLAKE'S "THE RESCUED FUGITIVES"
GRACE FARRELL
Butler University,
Indianapolis, Indiana
In 1839, forty-nine African men from the Spanish schooner Amistad were held in New Haven, Connecticut's Church Street jail on charges of murder and mutiny. They had been captured from the Sierra Leone area of western Africa and sold into slavery. After surviving the passage across the Atlantic, crammed into four-foot high holds that lacked any sanitary facilities, they arrived in Cuba, where they were kept in open-air pens until sold again and loaded onto the Amistad. Led by a rice farmer named Singbe Pieh, who was known as Joseph Cinque, the Africans revolted. [...]
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