Barracoon: The Story of the Last

Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062748201
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/08/2018
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 2,627
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Zora Neale Hurston, the author of Their Eyes Were Watching God, was deemed "one of the greatest writers of our time" by Toni Morrison. With the publication of Lies and Other Tall Tales, The Skull Talks Back, and What's the Hurry, Fox? new generations will be introduced to Hurston's legacy. She was born in Notasulga, Alabama, in 1891, and died in 1960.

Date of Birth:

January 7, 1891

Date of Death:

January 28, 1960

Place of Birth:

Eatonville, Florida

Place of Death:

Fort Pierce, Florida


B.A., Barnard College, 1928 (the school's first black graduate). Went on to study anthropology at Columbia University.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Those Who Love Us Never Leave Us Alone with Our Grief: Reading Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" Alice Walker xi

Introduction xvii

Editor's Note xxxiii


Preface 3

Introduction 5

I 19

II The King Arrives 29

III 39

IV 43

V 51

VI Barracoon 59

VII Slavery 67

VIII Freedom 73

IX Marriage 79

X Kossula Learns About Law 87

XI 93

XII Alone 103

Appendix 109

Takkoi or Attako-Children's Game 109

Stories Kossula Told Me 111

The Monkey and the Camel 116

Story of de Jonah 119

Now Disa Abraham Fadda de Faitful 122

The Lion Woman 124

Afterword and Additional Materials Edited Deborah G. Plant

Afterword 135

Acknowledgments 161

Founders and Original Residents of Africatown 167

Glossary 171

Notes 183

Bibliography 205

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Barracoon: The Story of the last "Black Cargo" 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredible historical account, the use of the vernacular maybe hard for some but it makes you feel as if your sitting in on a extraordinary history lesson.
BlackAsh13 10 months ago
Acclaimed author Zora Neale Hurston traveled to Alabama in the late 20s-early30s to interview Cudjo Lewis, who was captured by a rival African tribe and sold into American slavery. He was on the last ever slave ship, the Clotilda, to transport human cargo to the United States. Initially, Hurston attempted to pose questions to Cudjo, but he often went his own way with his stories. Amongst numerous other stories, he spoke of his life in Africa, the day when he was captured and the time he spent in the barracoon waiting to be placed on the ship. He also spoke of family trade ies, some of which pointed to the racial injustice and inequality. The book is very short and the stories of Cudjo's experiences of being captured, sold and transported to America didn't carry any impact for me. Hurston wrote down his words as they sounded to her because of his broken English. I was impacted by this as an African-American to think of how far we have had to come to overcome the obstacles placed in our way. Yet I found myself wanting more of his experiences as a captor and a slave. I was left unsatisfied.
18876111 More than 1 year ago
This book is not easy to read due to the content. It is haunting and deep, but a story that needs to be read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eye opening potrait of the last African slave
KeithDaniels More than 1 year ago
I've read better accounts of slave narratives.