Dreams of Africa in Alabama The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Story of the Last Africans Brought to America | Stamped from the Beginning | Folklore, Memoirs, and Other Writings | Novels and Stories | Fortress Introduction to Black Church History | Their Eyes Were Watching God | African American Religious History
New York Times BestsellerÂ â¢Â Amazon's Best History Book of the Year 201Â â¢Â TIME Magazineâs Best Nonfiction Book of 2018Â â¢Â New York Public Libraryâs Best Book of 2018Â â¢Â NPRâs Book Concierge Best Book of 2018Â â¢Â Economist Book of the YearÂ â¢Â SELF.comâs Best Books of 2018Â â¢Â Audibleâs Best of the YearÂ â¢Â BookRiotâs Best Audio Books of 2018Â â¢Â The Atlanticâs Books Briefing: History, ReconsideredÂ â¢Â Atlanta Journal Constitution, Best Southern Books 2018Â Â â¢Â The Christian Science Monitorâs Best Books 2018Â â¢Â Barnes & Nobleâs Best Books of the Year
âAÂ profound impact on Hurstonâs literary legacy.ââNew York Times
âOne of the greatest writers of our time.ââToni Morrison
âZora Neale Hurstonâs genius has once again produced a Maestrapiece.ââAlice Walker
A major literary event: aÂ newly published work from the author of the American classic Their Eyes Were Watching God, with aÂ foreword from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker,Â brilliantly illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of one of the last-known survivors of the Atlantic slave tradeâabducted from Africa on the last "Black Cargo" ship to arrive in the United States.
In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston went to Plateau, Alabama, just outside Mobile,Â 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 nationâs history. Hurston was there to record Cudjoâs 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 Cudjoâs pastâmemories 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 Cudjoâs unique vernacular, and written from Hurstonâs perspective with the compassion and singular style that have made her one of the preeminent American authors of the twentieth-century, BarracoonÂ masterfully illustratesÂ 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.
Pricing is shown for items sent to or within the U.S., excluding shipping and tax. Please consult the store to determine exact fees. No warranties are made express or implied about the accuracy, timeliness, merit, or value of the information provided. Information subject to change without notice. isbn.nu is not a bookseller, just an information source.