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The Resource Barracoon : the story of the last "black cargo", Zora Neale Hurston ; edited and with an introduction by Deborah G. Plant

Barracoon : the story of the last "black cargo", Zora Neale Hurston ; edited and with an introduction by Deborah G. Plant

Label
Barracoon : the story of the last "black cargo"
Title
Barracoon
Title remainder
the story of the last "black cargo"
Statement of responsibility
Zora Neale Hurston ; edited and with an introduction by Deborah G. Plant
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Contributor
Author
Editor
Writer of introduction
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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 nationђ́ةs history. Hurston was there to record Cudjoђ́ةs 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 Cudjoђ́ةs past́ђؤmemories 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 Cudjoђ́ةs unique vernacular, and written from Hurstonђ́ةs 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
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
LKR
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Hurston, Zora Neale
Dewey number
  • 306.3/62092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • photographs
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1956-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Plant, Deborah G.
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lewis, Cudjo
  • Clotilda (Ship)
  • Slaves
  • West Africans
  • Slavery
  • Slave trade
  • Slave trade
  • HISTORY / United States / General
Label
Barracoon : the story of the last "black cargo", Zora Neale Hurston ; edited and with an introduction by Deborah G. Plant
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-171)
Contents
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
Control code
ocm00000004
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxviii, 171 pages
Isbn
9780062748201
Other physical details
illustrations, photographs
Label
Barracoon : the story of the last "black cargo", Zora Neale Hurston ; edited and with an introduction by Deborah G. Plant
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-171)
Contents
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
Control code
ocm00000004
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxviii, 171 pages
Isbn
9780062748201
Other physical details
illustrations, photographs

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