TIL the Amistad case, wherein the Supreme Court granted the return of slaves to Africa, is credited with being the first civil rights case in the U.S. John Quincy Adams, who argued the case, was 72 yrs old, almost blind, a Congressman, and had not argued a case as a lawyer in more than 30 years.

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