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

Barracoon : the story of the last "black cargo", Zora Neale Hurston ; edited 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 by Deborah G. Plant
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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 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
Biography type
individual biography
Dewey number
306.3620973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
E
Literary form
non fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
Barracoon : the story of the last "black cargo", Zora Neale Hurston ; edited by Deborah G. Plant
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxviii, 171 pages
Isbn
9780008297664
Isbn Type
(pbk)
Lccn
bl2018049451
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Barracoon : the story of the last "black cargo", Zora Neale Hurston ; edited by Deborah G. Plant
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxviii, 171 pages
Isbn
9780008297664
Isbn Type
(pbk)
Lccn
bl2018049451
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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