A major literary event: a never-before-published work from the author of the American classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God which brilliantly illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of the last known survivor of the Atlantic slave tradeillegally smuggled from Africa on the last "Black Cargo" ship to arrive in the United States.In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston went to Plateau, Alabama, to interview ninety-five-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 nations history. Hurston was there to record Cudjos 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 Cudjos pastmemories 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 Clotilde, and the years he spent in slavery until the end of the Civil War.Based on those interviews, featuring Cudjos unique vernacular, and written from Hurstons perspective with the compassion and singular style that have made her one of the preeminent American authors of the twentieth-century, Barracoon brilliantly illuminates the tragedy of slavery and 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....
|Title||:||Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"|
|Number of Pages||:||256 pages|
|Url Type||:||Home » Barracoon » Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"|
Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" Reviews
My Granny was 9 years old when Zora Neale Hurston visited Kossula, the last living slave to have been kidnapped from West Africa and brought to Alabama to be a slave. A survivor of slavery was living and could remember his enslavement and life in West Africa during my granny's lifetime. My Granny. Granny died in 2015 at the age of 97. My Granny came into womanhood knowing people who'd been slaves. So don't tell me slavery was a long time ago and we should just "get over it." I shared a life with ...more
His name was Kossola, but he was called Cudjo Lewis. He was the last surviving African of the last American slaver-the Clotilda
Barracoon: The Story of the Last ‘Black Cargo’ is a previously unpublished work by author Zora Neale Hurston. Although she is best known for her works of fiction, in this book, she writes ‘as a cultural anthropologist, ethnographer, and folklorist’. In 1927, Hurston spent three months in Plateau, Alabama interviewing Cudjo Lewis, 90, the last known survivor of the Atlant ...more
Hurston wrote this work almost 90 years ago, but it is just being published for the first time now.
Through interviews, the book tells the life story of Cudjo, one of the last slaves to be brought from Africa to the US, and the last living African-born former slave alive when Hurston interviewed him.
As would be expected, the stories are violent and heartbreaking, but many are also about universal experiences of disappointment, love, and loss. Despite being written in Cudjo’s dialect, the stories ...more
“…I want to ask you many things. I want to know who you are and how you came to be a slave; and to what part of Africa do you belong, and how you fared as a slave, and how you have managed as a free man?”…when he lifted his wet face again he murmured, Thankee Jesus! Somebody come ast about Cudjo! I want tellee somebody who I is, so maybe dey go to tell everybody whut Cudjo says, and how I come to Americky soil since de 1859 and never see my people no mo’. “...more
Barracoon - An enclosure in which bla
There are some who’ll choose to lock-in on the accuracy of the text: how much of the story was embellished, or helped along, by Hurston? While others will focus on the parts that were “plagiarized”—choosing to center in on how legitimate the story can be if its author didn’t concern herself with the due diligence of citing whose works she chose to use.
To me, none of that matters.
It’s irrelevant and petty to even address the how of this work, as it only stands to negate (and belittle) the impor ...more
A very interesting read about a previously unpublished manuscript by Zora Neale Hurston. I thought the introduction was very good. It reveals the story behind the story and tells more about Hurston, who I just knew very basic information. The dialect is disjointed and difficult to read at times. It's a fascinating tale of one of the last known incidents of contraband slaves brought to the US. Cudjo suffered many losses in his life and was quirky, but Hurston persevere to get his story. One aspec ...more
Definitely a vital historical artifact.