Muriel and William Peters collection, 1817-1968 (Microfilm)
16 reels.The collection contains material on the capture, trial, and release of the Amistad captives who were illegally sold into slavery. After seizing the ship that was taking them to the Caribbean, the Africans were captured by a U.S. Navy ship and imprisoned in New Haven, Connecticut. The Amistad Case was tried before the Supreme Court and the Court decided in favor of the Africans. The collection consists of diaries, letters, court and government records, and newspaper accounts of the case; secondary accounts of the case; and background information on Africa, Cuba, the slave-trade, similar cases, slavery in the United States, and abolitionist sentiment in the North.