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In 1839, African captives on the slave ship Amistad mutinied

In 1839, African captives on the slave ship Amistad mutinied; the Supreme Court upheld their right to freedom.

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

In 1839, African captives on the slave ship Amistad mutinied

Images of the Era: 1815-1851

Following the War of 1812, a stronger sense of national unity emerged in the United States. As America expanded westward, however, attempts to spread slavery into those new territories seriously divided the nation.