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This exhibit commemorates the Amistad mutiny. The DuSable Museum of African American History.
"Middle Passage's" most significant element of "social reality," as Harper would put it, was provided primarily by Rukeyser's account of the strange series of events set in motion by the Amistad mutiny. When the mutiny occurred, the Amistad held fifty-three Africans who had been part of a much larger group, probably captured in one of the local wars fought, in those days, primarily for the acquisition of slaves.