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Journeying with the Amistad: The Multidimensions of Slavery and Freedom

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In 1839 a Cuban, two-masted schooner sailing from Havana with captive cargo was seized at sea and ultimately brought into a Connecticut port by the US Navy. The dynamics that surround this incident would lead to a historic U.S. court case that in 1841 would spur the initiatives of abolitionists in America to continue to push for the abolition of slavery. The case, argued by former President John Quincy Adams, won the release of the captive Africans some of whom returned home to Sierra Leone.

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of independence in Sierra Leone in 2011, the Amistad has been invited to return. The University of Massachusetts Boston, in collaboration with the Amistad, is initiating an experiential learning based, study abroad program that will allow students to study, travel, research and participate in an extraordinary international experience. The fully accredited learning experience will be anchored by the “Journeying With the Amistad: Multidimensions of Slavery and Freedom in West Africa” course taught in the fall semester 2011 in Boston and on-line. The second dimension of this experience will provide the opportunity to rendez-vous with the ship in Senegal, join it as it journeys to Goree and sail with the ship from Dakar to Cape Verde. While in Dakar it is anticipated that students and faculty will participate in an international conference focused on the themes of slavery, freedom, peace and development with colleagues from West African universities.

The third dimension of this program involves a repetition of the course during the spring 2012 semester with a focus on the Caribbean, “Journeying with the Amistad: Multidimensions of Slavery and Freedom in the Caribbean”. It will include a study abroad component that will allow students to rendez-vous with the ship in the Dominican Republic, (March 25, 2012) celebrating the UN declared International Slavery Remembrance Day, and then sail to the Citadel in Haiti.

This presentation will explore the rich pedagogical and research issues involved in structuring this learning experience. Several years in the planning this collaboration seeks to ground our exploration of history and globalization in the contemporary experiences of 21st century development concerns. By reconnecting Africa with its Diaspora the learning experience seeks to build long lasting bridges between individuals and communities through education and mutual cooperation.
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Kamara, Jemadari. "Journeying with the Amistad: The Multidimensions of Slavery and Freedom" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 35th Annual National Council for Black Studies, The Westin, Cincinnati, OH, Mar 16, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493169_index.html>

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Kamara, J. , 2011-03-16 "Journeying with the Amistad: The Multidimensions of Slavery and Freedom" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 35th Annual National Council for Black Studies, The Westin, Cincinnati, OH <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493169_index.html

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Abstract: In 1839 a Cuban, two-masted schooner sailing from Havana with captive cargo was seized at sea and ultimately brought into a Connecticut port by the US Navy. The dynamics that surround this incident would lead to a historic U.S. court case that in 1841 would spur the initiatives of abolitionists in America to continue to push for the abolition of slavery. The case, argued by former President John Quincy Adams, won the release of the captive Africans some of whom returned home to Sierra Leone.

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of independence in Sierra Leone in 2011, the Amistad has been invited to return. The University of Massachusetts Boston, in collaboration with the Amistad, is initiating an experiential learning based, study abroad program that will allow students to study, travel, research and participate in an extraordinary international experience. The fully accredited learning experience will be anchored by the “Journeying With the Amistad: Multidimensions of Slavery and Freedom in West Africa” course taught in the fall semester 2011 in Boston and on-line. The second dimension of this experience will provide the opportunity to rendez-vous with the ship in Senegal, join it as it journeys to Goree and sail with the ship from Dakar to Cape Verde. While in Dakar it is anticipated that students and faculty will participate in an international conference focused on the themes of slavery, freedom, peace and development with colleagues from West African universities.

The third dimension of this program involves a repetition of the course during the spring 2012 semester with a focus on the Caribbean, “Journeying with the Amistad: Multidimensions of Slavery and Freedom in the Caribbean”. It will include a study abroad component that will allow students to rendez-vous with the ship in the Dominican Republic, (March 25, 2012) celebrating the UN declared International Slavery Remembrance Day, and then sail to the Citadel in Haiti.

This presentation will explore the rich pedagogical and research issues involved in structuring this learning experience. Several years in the planning this collaboration seeks to ground our exploration of history and globalization in the contemporary experiences of 21st century development concerns. By reconnecting Africa with its Diaspora the learning experience seeks to build long lasting bridges between individuals and communities through education and mutual cooperation.


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