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Barracoon : the story of the last "black cargo" / Zora Neale Hurston ; edited by Deborah G. Plant.

Author/Creator:
Hurston, Zora Neale author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York, NY : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Format/Description:
Book
xxviii, [4], 171, [5] pages : illustration ; 22 cm
Subjects:
Lewis, Cudjo.
Slaves -- United States -- Biography.
West Africans -- United States -- Biography.
Slavery -- Alabama -- History -- 19th century.
Slave trade -- Africa -- History -- 19th century.
Slave trade -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Clotilda (Ship)
Place of Publication:
United States New York (State) New York (City)
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.
Contents:
Foreword; Introduction; Editor's Note
Barracoon
Afterword and Additional Materials / edited by Deborah G. Plant.
Notes:
Foreword by Alice Walker -- on jacket
Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-171).
Local notes:
Kislak Center Banks Collection copy presented to the Penn Libraries in 2018 by Joanna Banks.
Banks Collection copy: dustjacket retained.
Penn Provenance:
Banks, Joanna (donor) (Banks Collection copy)
Penn Chronology:
2018
Contributor:
Plant, Deborah G., 1956- editor, writer of introduction.
Walker, Alice, writer of foreword.
Joanna Banks Collection of African American Books (University of Pennsylvania)
ISBN:
9780062748201 :
0062748203
OCLC:
1021879113
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