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Barracoon : the story of the last "black cargo"

Hurston, Zora Neale (author.). Plant, Deborah G., 1956- (editor.). Walker, Alice, 1944- (writer of foreword.).

Summary

Summary: "In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston went to Plateau, Alabama, just outside Mobile, to interview eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis. Of the millions of men, women, and children transported from Africa to America as slaves, Cudjo was then the only person alive to tell the story of this integral part of the nation's history. Hurston was there to record Cudjo's firsthand account of the raid that led to his capture and bondage fifty years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed in the United States. In 1931, Hurston returned to Plateau, the African-centric community three miles from Mobile founded by Cudjo and other former slaves from his ship. Spending more than three months there, she talked in depth with Cudjo about the details of his life. During those weeks, the young writer and the elderly formerly enslaved man ate peaches and watermelon that grew in the backyard and talked about Cudjo's past--memories from his childhood in Africa, the horrors of being captured and held in a barracoon for selection by American slavers, the harrowing experience of the Middle Passage packed with more than 100 other souls aboard the Clotilda, and the years he spent in slavery until the end of the Civil War. Based on those interviews, featuring Cudjo's unique vernacular, and written from Hurston's perspective with the compassion and singular style that have made her one of the preeminent American authors of the twentieth-century, Barracoon masterfully illustrates the tragedy of slavery and of one life forever defined by it. Offering insight into the pernicious legacy that continues to haunt us all, black and white, this poignant and powerful work is an invaluable contribution to our shared history and culture."--Publisher's website.

Item details

  • ISBN: 0062748203
  • ISBN: 9780062748201
  • ISBN: 9780062864369
  • ISBN: 006286436X
  • Physical Description: print
    xxviii, 171 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
  • Badges:
    • Top Holds Over Last 5 Years: 4 / 5.0
    • Top Circs: 4 / 5.0
    • Most Copies: 4 / 5.0

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-171).
Formatted Contents Note: Foreword: Those who love us never leave us alone with our grief : reading Barracoon : the story of the last "black cargo" / by Alice Walker -- Introduction -- Editor's note -- Barracoon. Preface -- Introduction -- The king arrives -- Barracoon -- Slavery -- Freedom -- Marriage -- Kossula learns about law -- Alone -- Appendix. Takkoi or Attako--children's game -- Stories Kossula told me -- The monkey and the camel -- Story of de Jonah -- Now disa Abraham fadda de faitful -- The lion woman -- Afterword and additional materials / edited by Deborah G. Plant.
Subject: Lewis, Cudjo
Clotilda (Ship)
Clotilda (Ship)
Lewis, Cudjo
Clotilda (Ship.)
Lewis, Cudjo
Slaves Alabama History 19th century Biography
West Africans Alabama History 19th century
West Africans Alabama Biography
Slaves Alabama Biography
Slave trade Alabama Mobile History 19th century
Slave trade Africa History 19th century
Slavery Alabama History 19th century
Slave trade United States History 19th century
Mobile (Ala.) History 19th century
Slave ships Alabama
Slave ships Alabama
SOCIAL SCIENCE Ethnic Studies African American Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE Slavery
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Cultural, Ethnic & Regional African American & Black
Slave ships
Slave trade
Slavery
Slaves
West Africans
Africa
Alabama
Alabama Mobile
United States
Slavery Alabama History 19th century
Slave trade Africa History 19th century
Slave trade United States History 19th century
West Africans United States Biography
Genre: Biographies.
Biography.
History.
Biographies.

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