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America illegally at the tail end of slavery His owners kept him and his shipmate slaves secret between them using theirillegally at the tail end of slavery His owners kept him and his shipmate slaves secret between them using their for about 6 years before slavery was abolished These people were then abandoned to a life in America a place they did #not see as home with no way back to the home they wanted to eturn to Free life in #see as home with no way back to the home they wanted to eturn to Free life in was hard on African born freed slaves They were shunned it seems by both White Black Americans This is a side of slavery that I personally had never thought of the plight of the last slaves who always The Witch who was a princess remembered another life Cudjo s story was horrendous from the treachery he experienced from other African tribes who benefitted from the slave trade to his attempts at living in America as a free man He s a uiet man He went through horrible times He lived a long life always yearnin How toate and eview a book that has no eal comparison or companion that has been my uandary since finishing Barracoon The ating is for the very fact of its existence for Zora Neale Hurston s truly wonderful and difficult work of taking down Cudjo Lewis s story of childhood capture sale to slavers and transport across the Atlantic on the last slave ship to each the United States in 1859 and of his life after the freedom granted during the Civil War up to the 1920sAs Kossula Cudjo Lewis s approximated birth name tells his life story to Hurston we learn details of the history of the area of Africa in which he lived the facts of black Africans selling those they had defeated in war to traders from the Americas life in Africatown Alabama all like Cudjo from that last ship a glossary providing detailed information on major people and events in the biography and extended notesThere are are scholarly issues discussed in some of the introductory material that may add to why this material has not been published sooner a uestion of plagiarism in aspects of this work from an earlier historical Jeden výdych koňa report This is discussed from many viewpoints and ultimately appears if memory serves may have been an oversight in an article not finalized by the author for publication Since she has written many other works without this issue arising it would appear that the decision has been made that this work needed to be published On another note personally I didn t have difficultyeading Cudjo s dialect as written down by Hurston But I know that many have enjoyed listening to this book Eleanor, Quiet No More rather thaneading it I do ecommend you try it in one form or the otherPostscript another note e this late publication Apparently Hurston attempted to have this piece published in the 1930s At the time the publisher wanted Hurston to translate Lewis s dialect into standard English She What It Takes: Fighting for My Life and My Love of the Game refused as this would have denied the essence of his identity It was not accepted for publication Though the United States passed the Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves in 1807 boats continued to deliver abducted Africans to America for than 50 years The last shipment of slaves arrived in Alabama on the ship Clotilda in 1860 on the eve of the Civil WarOne of the African men on the Clotilda was Oluale Kossula also known as Cudjo Lewis who survived five years of slavery became a free man and helped found the black enclave of Africatown or Plateau near Mobile AlabamaIn 1927 when Cudjo was in his mid eighties he was interviewed by Zora Neale Hurston the American folklorist anthropologist and author In this book Hurstonelates Cudjo s story much of it in his own wordsCudjo LewisZora Neale HurstonCudjo describes his ancestry and his early life in the African village of Takkoi where he was happy with his family and friends Then when Cudjo was 19 his village was invaded by warriors from nearby Dahomey who killed some Luftwaffe Fighters 1945 (Topcolors) residents and kidnapped others to sell to white slavers De King of Dahomey you know he got veryich ketchin slaves He keep his army all de time making aids to grabee people to sell The scene Cudjo describes is horrific Dey got de women soldiers too and dey un wid de big knife and dey ketch people and saw de neck wid de knife den dey twist de head so it come off de neck Oh Lor Lor I see de peoples gittee kill so fast Cudjo s village was located in what is now BeninThe white slavers housed the Africans in a barracoon near the ocean until 65 men and 65 women were loaded onto the Clotilda and brought to Mobile Alabama There they were split up among the slavers who kept some Africans for themselves and sold the others We seventy days cross de water from de Affica soil and now de. 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 ecord Cudjo’s firsthand account of the aid that led to his capture and bondage fifty years after the Atlantic slav. ,
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we cry grief so heavy look lak we cain stand it I think maybe I die look lak we cain stand it I think maybe I die my sleep when I dream about my mamaA barracoonCudjo talks about his life as a slave which was difficult for several Wonderful Memories of It's a Wonderful Life reasons The work was very hard and the new African slaves didn t mesh well with those already living in the country In night time we cry we say we born andaised to be free people and now we slave We doan know why we be bring way from our country to work lak dis It strange to us Everybody lookee at us strange We want to talk wid de udder colored folkses but dey doan know whut we say Some makee de fun at us After #emancipation a group of freed slaves who couldn t aise the money to #a group of freed slaves who couldn t aise the money to home established Africatown We call our village Affican Town near Mobile Alabama Cudjo married a woman named Seely unofficially at first then after they joined the church with a proper license So den we gittee married by de license but I doan love my wife no mo wid de license than I love her befo de license She a good woman and I love her all de time Shacks in AfricatownAfricatown is now a tourist attractionCudjo and Seely had six children fives boys and a girl Oh Lor Oh Lor We so happy We been married ten months when we have our first baby We call him Yah Jimmy just de same lak we was in de Afficky soil For Americky we call him Aleck Along with other The A-List Diet Fitness Plan residents of Africatown Cudjo sought to educate his offspring We Afficans tryaise our chillun The Amethyst Road right When dey say we ign nant we go together and build de school house Den de county send us a teacher We Afficky men doan wait lak de other colored people till de white folks gitteeeady to build us a school We build one for ourself den astee de county to send us de teacher Residents of AfricatownCudjo s children had a difficult time living in America All de time de chillun growin de American folks dey picks at dem Dey callee my chillun ig nant savage and make out dey kin to monkey Derefo my boys dey fight Dey got to fight all de timeWhen dey whip de other boys dey folks come to our house and tellee us Yo boys mighty bad Cudjo We fraid they goin kill somebody This violence may have contributed to some of the children s unfortunate endsOne son was killed by a law enforcement officer Somebody call hisself a deputy sheriff kill de baby boy now If my boy done something wrong it his place come The King's Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of Thomas Wolsey rest him lak a manHe have words wid my boy but he skeered face him Derefo you unnerstand me he hidee hisself in de butcher wagon and when it gittee to my boy s storeDis man he hidin hisself in de back of de wagon an shootee my boy A second son was hit by aailroad train but the company offered no compensation A lawyer later helped Cudjo sue for The Lupus Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Guide for Patients and Families recompense but Cudjo didn t see a penny of the money Of the fouremaining children three died of illnesses and one mysteriously disappeared When Hurston interviewed Cudjo Seely had also been dead for 20 years perhaps from a broken heartIt s clear from the book that Cudjo had a very difficult life traumatized by the barbarity of slavery and devastated by its subseuent conseuences including discrimination bigotry and aggression towards the communities and families of black people Cudjo s story is both moving and disturbing and demonstrates how some things in the United States haven t changed enoughTo earn Cudjo s goodwill Hurston would bring him Georgia peaches watermelon and once a Virginia ham Over the course of many visits Hurston also helped Cudjo clean the church where he was a sexton worked in his garden and drove him to buy crabs Hurston notes I had spent two months with Kossula who is called Cudjo trying to find the answers to my uestions Some days we ate great uantities of clingstone peaches and talked Sometimes we ate watermelon and talked Once it was a huge mess of steamed crabs Sometimes we just ate Sometimes we just talked At other times neither was possible he just chased me away He wanted to work in his garden or fix his fences He couldn t be bothered The present was too urgent to let the past intrude But on the whole he was glad to see me and we became warm friends Cudjo in his cabinThe end of the book contains Cudjo s When I Grow Up, I'm Going to Play for the Nebraska Cornhuskers recitation of several African folktales which are sly and amusing This is an interesting bookecommended to Sextus: Ou, Le Romain Des Maremmes: Suivi D'Essais Detaches Sur L'Italie: Par M. Me Hortense Allart de Therase readers interested in African history slavery and anthropologyYou can follow myeviews at I have thought long and hard on this and I do not feel like I can give this any formal Die Zarin review This is a case in which I feel I would be trespassing on the author s words and by this I mea. E trade was outlawed in the United StatesIn 1931 Hurstoneturned to Plateau the African centric community three miles from Mobile founded by Cudjo and other former slaves from his ship Spending 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 memorie. .derefore we cry
N Kossulo s by superimposing any thoughts of my own There are pieces of history we will never get back For many of us this is why we write to e imagine the stories of slavery for instance because we do not have words to tell us This is a living breathing document and should be treated as such Just like the Nefertiti: Egypt's Sun Queen recordings of the stories of the final survivors of the Holocaust we cannotewrite their stories We can only let their words echo inside of us and understand how they are a part of us as we are a part of that part of history we created Such are the words of Cudjo He says many times in the book that there is no #way to understand his life if he doesn t tell the lives of his forefathers At one point #to understand his life if he doesn t tell the lives of his forefathers At one point Zora gets frustrated with this he The Jive Talker retorts Where is de house where de mouse is the leader 20 This is how we all must understand the unfathomable meaning of this text for us RIGHT NOW We cannot pretend to care about any of the critical social and political issues of today we can t march in the streets holdallies go on social media start movements if we aren t willing to look into our past and see where this is all coming from It doesn t matter what you believe in what you care about or don t care about where you live or what age you are This is a piece of history we can never get back and this was a historical Gargantuan reality that a great deal of the world participated in or still does Everyone needs toead this book Just simply everyone needs to Wolfgang read this book For ourselves for our own ancestors for the world we live in today and for the world that is to comeAnd thank you Zora thank you This book was suppressed for over 70 years because the myth of poor exploited Africans capturing and selling their countrymen to the evil white slavers suited America with their collective guilt and wish not to offend African Americans further But you cannot build a house on shifting sands and this book by one of America s absolute top journalists of the era provides part of the missing foundationIead it at or less the same time as the very genial Michael W Twitty s The Cooking Gene A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South which explores through extreme DNA analysis of his blood all the strands from Africa to Scotland that have slaver and enslaved native American and free white alike It is not just cooking but culture and both have affected American history At this time I also Publishing Women: Salons, the Presses, and the Counter-Reformation in Sixteenth-Century Italy read The Hungry Empire How Britain s uest for Food Shaped the Modern World This had a chapter on slavery in Africa It was very surprising toead of the salons of the African women with their imported china tea sets and high life style financed by their involvement in the slave trade This was a very sophisticated society This was not the Wurr 3 (Wurr rough tribal end we are all taught were exploited by the slaversThese three books together have opened my eyes to the organisation of the immense business of entrapping people holding them as goods and selling them to be enslaved as essentially farm animals And the best of these Barraccon has been suppressedHurson interviewed the last living slave Mr Cudjo Lewis over three months He tells in detail of his capture at the age of 19 and the conditions in his part of Africa that meant his capturers main business was the supply of captured men and conseuently agriculture suffered from a lack of manpower and they had to import their foodstuff That s a very cynical society that does that to its fellow men one that puts profit above feeding the nation Oh wait that s almost a model for our own societies todayIt isn t brilliantly written it is very short but it is paradigm shifting and I would like to give everyone a copy of this book every school child every adult in all the countries that captured or enslaved Africans and all the African Americans who suffered from in this business where the Black man is as much to blame as the White If there had been no product to buy there would have been no trade Someone else would have suffered instead This is not to take away from slavery the extreme cruelty wrought on Africans as slaves by the White man I m only talking here of the business of demand and supply How Africans were treated in the Americas is strictly the White man s sinI am writing this not as an American I m writing this as a British woman with half my life spent in the Caribbean in an educated country where the Black man has been king for 150 years My persepective may not be one you share But aeview is an opinion a collection of thoughts engendered by a book and these are mine. S 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 than 100 other souls aboard the Clotilda and the years he spent in slavery until the end of the Civil WarOffering insight into the pernicious legacy that continues to haunt us all black and white this work is an invaluable contribution to our shared history and cultur. .
Zora Neale Hurston