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Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" (urspr publ 2018; utgåvan 2020)

av Zora Neale Hurston (Författare), Deborah G. Plant (Inledning), Alice Walker (Förord)

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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.--Publisher's website.… (mer)
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Titel:Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"
Författare:Zora Neale Hurston (Författare)
Andra författare:Deborah G. Plant (Inledning), Alice Walker (Förord)
Info:Amistad (2020), Edition: Illustrated, 256 pages
Samlingar:Injustice, Empathy & Action, Classroom Library
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Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" av Zora Neale Hurston (2018)

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I love his story and wish he had more to tell. ( )
  xKayx | Dec 14, 2020 |
Un livre témoignage, celui du dernier survivant du dernier navire négrier qui traversa l’Atlantique pour rejoindre les États du Sud. Cudjo Lewis, esclave libéré par la guerre de Sécession cinq ans plus tard et qui vécu jusqu’à l’âge 86 ans aux États-Unis

Un des rares témoignages de première main, sur sa capture par le peuple du Dahomey, son passage dans les Baraccoon, sa vente, le transport, son arrivée et sa vie en Amérique.

Un livre dont les atrocités sont atténuées par la douceur nostalgique de leur conteur. ( )
  noid.ch | Nov 8, 2020 |
After reading "Gods of the Upper Air" earlier this year, I wanted to learn more about or read something from Zora Neal Hurston. I found her to be one of the most sympathetic people portrayed in that book.

This book, Barracoon, was published posthumously and is based on her interviews with Cudjo Lewis (African name Kossula) who was then thought to be the only remaining American who had survived the Middle Passage. His entire village in Africa was captured for slaving and he come across to America with many of his fellow villagers in the Clotilda, the last known slave ship that arrived in Mobile in 1859, more than 50 years after the importation of African slaves had been outlawed.

I listened to the audiobook version of this book and I found it fascinating and the story of Kossola's life profoundly sad. The book is written in "the vernacular", meaning that Hurston, a trained anthropologist, recorded Cudjo's story using the language he spoke in the manner he spoke it. She felt his manner of speaking was an important part of his story and refused when requested by potential publishers to modify it into standard English. Listening to the Robin Miles reading really helped bring Cudjo's tale to life for me - she did a fantastic job.

Roughly half the book is Kossola telling his tale to Hurston. There is a lengthy introduction giving background on Hurston and her work in Mobile. Having come to this book from reading the "Gods of the Upper Air" I found this part interesting, though others may not. The end of the book is a set of African tales that Kossola told Hurston, that are not part of his life story but are likely added by Hurston the anthropologist as a way of adding some detail regarding Kossola's cultural background.

Hurston's decision to have the book written in the vernacular, and in telling a tale that acknowledges the role of Africans in the slave trade (Kossola's village was captured by forces of the prince of Dahomey, and their treatment by them was brutal) are reasons often given for why the book did not find a publisher until after her death. NPR did a piece on this that may be of interest to others who read this book - https://www.npr.org/2018/05/05/608723606/zora-neale-hurstons-barracoon-gets-publ... ( )
  stevrbee | Nov 7, 2020 |
This is a fantastic book. It's rare to read a first-hand account of American slavery; and if that were all there was to this book, it would be essential reading. However, this book also discusses life in reconstruction-era Alabama and African diaspora folklore. Hurston is a fabulous writer, and did an excellent job capturing her subject's personality. This book should be studied in schools, and read by every American ( )
  Rachel_Hultz | Aug 15, 2020 |
The story of Barracoon should have been interesting, but with all the hype with introduction and editor’s note and the foreword by Alice Walker and the preface and introduction by the author, I was exhausted and totally disheartened with the story. I struggled to stay on task with the unfolding story. Yes, I wanted to learn about the degradation of fellow humans but maybe I was not in the correct frame of mind with all the civil unrest during this summer. ( )
  delphimo | Jul 12, 2020 |
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The book's uniqueness is in its recounting of a story in which we are all equally bound up by this cycle of oppression – the former slave plagued by the trauma of losing his homeland and family, the writer whose work survived the desire of intellectuals for white approval, the reader forced to challenge their own ideas about race and the internalisation of oppression. But more than anything it brings an African past up close to an African American present, at a time of great searching. "Throughout her life, Hurston fought against this idea that there was no connection to Africa once people arrived on these shores, and everything was forgotten," Wall says. "We know that's not true. But a book like this really brings that to life."
tillagd av Cynfelyn | ändraThe Guardian, Afua Hirsch (May 26, 2018)
 
Brimming with observational detail from a man whose life spanned continents and eras, the story is at times devastating, but Hurston's success in bringing it to light is a marvel.
tillagd av Shortride | ändraNPR, Jean Zimmerman (May 8, 2018)
 

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Zora Neale Hurstonprimär författarealla utgåvorberäknat
Lewis, CudjoIntervieweehuvudförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Plant, Deborah G.Redaktörmedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Walker, AliceFörordmedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Möhring, Hans-UlrichÖversättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Miles, RobinBerättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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But the inescapable fact that stuck in my craw, was: my people had sold me and the white people had bought me.... It impressed upon me the universal nature of greed and glory.
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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.--Publisher's website.

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