History can be studied through the literature such as novels and film. These two powerful media contain both pros and cons. Focusing on Amistad; a 1997 film that was directed by Steven Spielberg and a novel written by Howard Jones. As a novel, it was titled, mutiny of Amistad. The two give the story of the fifty-three Africans who carried out mutiny. The result was a trial based on the civil rights. It is true that the both medium have got merits and demerits. However, the literature medium provides accurate and detailed information for learning historical events. The film could have served as a medium of research if it were a documentary. It should be used as a complement to the book but not replace it in learning.
There are moments of the events that the film mentions which the book fails to mention as much as it is a success in the early 1840s historical events confirmation. The visual appeal the film gives the reader makes it the first advantage of studying history using film. As students, learning using visual appeal is more comprehensive and fun as it is presented i