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This study guide resource from Film Education uses the film Amistad as a starting point to explore the history of slavery.

The guide contains lots of background information on slavery from biblical times through to the end of the American Civil War. It discusses different forms of slavery, the transatlantic slave trade and chattel slavery, resistance movements, American politics and civil rights.

Each section is illustrated with pictures and there are case studies of anti-slavery campaigners. Student tasks provide opportunities for further research and discussion. The final section explores how the representation of history by historians and in films can present subjective, rather than objective, viewpoints of the past.

The film is rated 15 and is not included in the guide, however there is so much background material you should be able to run the activities without watching the film.

To find out more about the film itself, you can view a trailer here:


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