Sylviane A. Diouf's Dreams of Africa in Alabama: The Slave Ship Clotilda and the PDF

By Sylviane A. Diouf

in the summertime of 1860, greater than fifty years after the USA legally abolished the overseas slave exchange, one hundred ten males, girls, and kids from Benin and Nigeria have been introduced ashore in Alabama lower than hide of evening. They have been the final recorded crew of Africans deported to the U.S. as slaves. Timothy Meaher, a longtime cellular businessman, despatched the slave send, the Clotilda , to Africa, on a raffle that he may possibly "bring a shipful of niggers correct into cellular Bay less than the officials' noses." He gained the bet.

This ebook reconstructs the lives of the folk in West Africa, recounts their trap and passage within the slave pen in Ouidah, and describes their event of slavery along American-born enslaved women and men. After emancipation, the crowd reunited from quite a few plantations, acquired land, and based their very own cost, often called African city. They governed it in line with universal African legislation, spoke their very own nearby language and, whilst giving interviews, insisted that writers use their African names in order that their households might understand that they have been nonetheless alive.

The final survivor of the Clotilda died in 1935, yet African city continues to be domestic to a neighborhood of Clotilda descendants. The ebook of Dreams of Africa in Alabama marks the two hundredth anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.

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