Justice: John Quincy Adams and The Amistad45 min
As you read, imagine you are the protagonist.
- What challenges are you facing?
- What fears or concerns might you have?
- What may prevent you from acting in the way you ought?
- What was John Quincy Adams’ role in The Amistad case? Did this case alter or strengthen his identity? How so?
- What was Adams’ purpose as the attorney for the Africans?
- What does the purpose of Adams’ role in the case say about his identity?
Discuss the following questions with your students.
- What is the historical context of the narrative?
- What historical circumstances presented a challenge to the protagonist?
- How and why did the individual exhibit a moral and/or civic virtue in facing and overcoming the challenge?
- How did the exercise of the virtue benefit civil society?
- How might exercise of the virtue benefit the protagonist?
- What might the exercise of the virtue cost the protagonist?
- Would you react the same under similar circumstances? Why or why not?
- How can you act similarly in your own life? What obstacles must you overcome in order to do so?
- Students will evaluate John Quincy Adams’ role in The Amistad case.
- Students will understand the importance of protecting justice to advance freedom.
- Students will determine ways in which to safeguard justice in their own lives.