Barracoon: The Story of the Last Slave.

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Hurston, Zora Neale. Barracoon: The Story of the Last Slave. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers (Amistad), 2018, pp. 208, ISBN: 9780062748201.

This book illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of the last known survivor of the Atlantic slave enterprise--illegally smuggled from Africa on the last "Black Cargo" ship to arrive in the United States. Based on interviews done in 1927 by Zora Neale Hurston in Plateau, Alabama with ninety-five-year-old Cudjo Lewis (Oluale Kossola). Cudjo was then the only person alive to tell the story of this integral part of history, hence, a firsthand account of the raid that led to his capture and bondage fifty years after the Atlantic slave enterprise was outlawed in the United States. The book illuminates the tragedy of enslavement and one life forever defined by it, offering insight into the pernicious legacy that continues to haunt. In 1931, Hurston returned to Plateau, the African-centric community three miles...

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