Short Essay, 1 substantial paragraph: Arguing for the release of Cinque and the other enslaved Africans at the Supreme Court in the film Amistad, former president John Quincy Adams states that when separated from it, “[A person] will try, against all odds, against all prejudices, to get home…” As in many other films/readings for our class, a major theme in Amistad and 12 Years a Slave is the protagonist’s overwhelming need and desire to return home, and the daunting odds that must be overcome before achieving that goal. Discuss briefly each film’s representation of this theme, and its particular importance in the context of the international (Amistad) and U.S./domestic (12 Years a Slave) slave trades.

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