Bibliography for Adults

Books and Articles
Abraham, Arthur. The Amistad Revolt: An Historical Legacy of Sierra Leone and the United States. Freetown: Sierra Leone: U. S. Information Service, 1987.

Banbury, G. A. Lethbridge. Sierra Leone: or, The White Man’s Grave. London: Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1890.

Barber, John Warner. A History of the Amistad Captives: Being a Circumstantial Account of the Capture of the Spanish Schooner Amistad, By the Africans on Board; Their Voyage, and Capture Near Long Island, New York; with Biographical Sketches of Each of the Surviving Africans; Also, an Account of the Trials Had on Their Case, Before the District and Circuit Courts of the United States, For the District of Connecticut. New Haven, CT: E.L. & J.W. Barber, 1840.

Barber, John Warner. Connecticut Historical Collections. New Haven: Durrie & Peck and J.W. Barber, 1836.

Cable, Mary. Black Odyssey: The Case of the Slave Ship AMISTAD. New York: Viking. 1971.

Conneau, Theophilus. A Slaver’s Log Book or 20 Years Residence in Africa. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1976. (original publication, date 1854.)

Equiano, Olaudah.The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African (London, 1789.)

Fletcher, Robert S. A History of Oberlin College from Its Foundation through the Civil War. 1943.

Fyfe, Christopher. A Short History of Sierra Leone. London: Longman. 1962.

Fyfe, Christopher. A History of Sierra Leone. London: Oxford University Press, 1962.

Goddard, T.N. The Handbook of Sierra Leone. London: Grant Richards Limited, 1925.

Innes, Gordon. A Mende-English Dictionary. London: Cambridge University Press. 1986.

Johnson, Clifton. Old Time Schools and School-Books. New York: Dover. 1963. (Originally published by Macmillan in 1904.)

Jones, Adam. From Slaves to Palm Kernels: A History of the Galinhas Country (Africa), 1730-1890. Weisbaden: Steiner. 1983.

Jones, Howard.  Mutiny on the Amistad: The Saga of a Slave Revolt and Its Impact on American Abolition, Law, Diplomacy. New York: Oxford University Press USA.  1997.

Kilson, Marion. Royal Antelope and Spider: West African Mende Tales. Cambridge, MA: press of the Langdon Associates, 1976.

Lasser, Carol and Marlene Merrill, ed. Soul Mates: The Oberlin Correspondence of Lucy Stone and Antoinette Brown, 1846 – 1850. Oberlin: Oberlin College, 1983.

Lawson, Ellen MicKenzie with Marlene D. Merrill. The Three Sarahs: Documents of Antebellum Black College Women. New York: The Edwin Mellen Press. 1984.

Little, Kenneth. The Mende of Sierra Leone: A West African People in Transition. New York: The Humanities Press. 1951.

Matthews, John, R. N. A Voyage to the River Sierra Leone, On the Coast of Africa. London: B. White and Son and J. Sewell. 1788.

Merrill, Marlene D. “Sarah Margru Kinson: An Amistad Captive Comes to Oberlin” Talk for the O.H.I.O. annual meeting and banquet, April 8. 1998. Online at

Merrill, Marlene D. Sarah Margru Kinson: The Two Worlds of an Amistad Captive. Oberlin: The Oberlin Historical and Improvement Organization, 2003.

Mills, J.S. Mission Work in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Dayton, Ohio: United Brethren Publishing House, 1898.

Newland, H. Osman. Sierra Leone: Its People, Products, and Secret Societies. London: John Bale, Sons & Danielson, 1916.

Ngaboh-Smart. Mende Story Telling. Freetown, Sierra Leone; People’s Educational Association of Sierra Leone. 1986.

Osagie, Iyunolu Folayan. The Amistad Revolt; Memory, Slavery, and the Politics of Identity in the United States and Sierra Leone. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2000.

Rankin, F. Harrison.  The White Man’s Grave: A Visit to Sierra Leone in 1834.  London: Richard Bentley. 1836.

Rediker, Marcus.  The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom.  New York: Viking, 2012.

Sturge, Joseph. A Visit to the United States in 1841. London, 1842.

Thompson, George. Thompson in Africa: An Account of the Missionary Labors, Sufferings, Travels, and Observations of George Thompson in Western Africa, at the Mendi Mission. Dayton, O: Printed for the Author. 1857.

Thompson, George. The Palm Land: West Africa Illustrated. Cincinnati: O.H. Printed for the Author. 1859.

Vivian, William. Mendiland Memories: Reflections and Anticipations. London: Henry Hooks, United Methodist Publishing House, 19?.

Winterbottom, Thomas. An Account of the Native Africans in the Neighborhood of Sierra Leone. London: Frank Cass & Co, Ltd. 1969.(originally published 17?).

Wyatt-Brown, Bertram. Lewis Tappan and the Evangelical War Against Slavery. Cleveland: The Press of Case Western Reserve University, 1969.

Other Sources

Mystic Seaport’s Exploring Amistad (sadly this is no longer available.)

Various original materials, government papers, and newspaper articles.

Amistad (Schooner) Case
New York, New York Public Library, 1972.
Microfilm of original manuscripts, monographs, newspaper and periodical articles, letters, and court proceedings relating to the case of the Schooner Amistad.

Connecticut Historical Society
Help and materials regarding Amistad affair and information about the various sites and people involved in the Amistad events.

Connecticut History Online
Various primary sources (mostly images) of New Haven, Farmington, and Hartford at the time of the Amistad.

Milbank Library Teachers College Columbia University
Original 1800s schoolbooks, tracts, and other educational materials similar to those used to teach the Amistad captives.

Amistad Research Center
Tulane University, New Orleans
Original letters to, from, and about Sarah Margru Kinson. Copies of the American Missionary, journal of the AMA, with references to Amistads as well as other original material about the affair.

Oberlin College Archives
Copies of catalogs, drawings, and other firsthand materials as well as advice.

Electronic Oberlin Group: Oberlin Through History
Various primary sources of Oberlin at and around the time of Margru’s attendance.

Making of America 
Materials from the digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.

Shaping the Values of Youth: Sunday School Books in 19th Century America
Digital archive created by the Digital & Multimedia Center, Michigan State University Libraries, East Lansing.

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