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ISBN: 0062748211

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Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo

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In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston traveled to Plateau, Alabama, to visit eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis, a survivor of the Clotilda, the last slaver known to have made the transatlantic journey. Illegally brought to the United States, Lewis was enslaved fifty years after the slave trade was outlawed. At the time, Cudjo was the only known person alive who could recount this integral part of the nation's history. Barracoon employs Hurston's skills as both...

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Hurston the Folklorist/Anthropologist

I really like the "speakerly" prose for which Hurston is well known + the blend of genres in this book, offering the accounts of Kossola's trajectory into and out of slavery as supplemented by research by other scholars. The parables included after the main chapters are priceless.

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Published by Ashly Moore Sheldon • June 18, 2020

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Barracoon in The Essential Zora Neale Hurston
The Essential Zora Neale Hurston
Published by Ashly Moore Sheldon • January 08, 2020

This week we celebrate the birthday of writer and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. Largely unappreciated in her lifetime, the trailblazing author's writings saw a resurgence after Alice Walker's 1975 essay called her "the patron saint of black women writers." Here we review five of her essential titles.

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