Lead: The passengers of the slave ship Amistad, remembered in print and film, were swept up into the caldron of national dispute as America decided what kind of nation it would be.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Unfinished business. When the founders of the United States declared their independence and then later established their national compact, they left several matters of great import for future generations to decide. Among the most important issues needing resolution was the running moral sore of slavery. To be fair, in the late 1700s only a very few, usually very radical thinkers even considered restricting the practice let alone advocating an end to slavery. It had been part of life since the beginning of human existence.