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....
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Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" Reviews
This book opened my eyes to the real slavery. Before slavery was jus something from the past and it happened. This book made it real for me and made me so sad for my ancestors that lived it and survived it. It has made my journey of what I considered full of hardships and pain, trivial and meaningless. This book should be required reading in high school and college.
'Well, if you give Cudjo all de Mobile, dat railroad, and all de banks, Cudjo doan want it cause it ain' home.
Anyone who's looked at my Goodreads profile for more than two minutes probably knows that my favorite classic novel is Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. I loved that book and I still love it and I connect with it so much. It's a masterpiece in my eyes.
Despite this, I know there are a bunch of people out there who didn't love it as much as I did (mainly disgrunt ...more
What a gift to have Kossula’s memories and stories brought to life. Robin Miles’ expert narration beautifully conveys his strength, sorrow and humor while also keeping Hurston in the picture.
What a treasure this book is.
In 1927 Zora Neale Hurston was asked by Franz Boas and Carter G. Woodson to interview in Alabama Kossolu Oluale or Cudjo Lewis, who was taken by slavers from Dahomey in 1859, spent three months in a stockade or barracoon, and was a slave for five years. He was 19 years old when his family was killed, he was taken, on a bet. Hurston reports she says this to him when they first met.
“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 fa ...more
I received an advance reader's edition of this book from HarperCollins.
In this work of non-fiction, Zora Neale Hurston conveys the life story of Kossola, known as Cudjo Lewis, "the last surviving African of the last American slaver" (xi). Born in 1841 in West Africa, Kossola was captured by a neighboring tribe and sold to white slavers in 1860 at the age of 19. He was a slave for five years before being freed and he lived out the rest of his life in Plateau, Alabama. Hurston met with him in 192 ...more
Cudjo Lewis's life story is important. He was brought to America illegally, at the tail end of slavery. His owners kept him and his shipmate slaves "secret" between them, using their labours for about 6 years before slavery was abolished. These people were then abandoned to a life in America, a place they did not see as home, with no way back to the home they wanted to return to.
Free life in America was hard on African-born freed slaves. They were shunned, it seems, by both White & Black Am ...more
Definitely a vital historical artifact.