Barracoon is the firsthand account of Cudjo Lewis, a former slave brought to America in 1860. Cudjo is a survivor of the Clotilda: the last known ship to transport slaves across the Atlantic. He was illegally brought from the Bight of Benin on the West African coast to Mobile, AL, 50 years after the slave trade was outlawed in the United States. Barracoon is written by famed novelist, anthropologist, and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston, whose major works include the autoethnographic folklore collection Mules and Men (1935) and novels Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) and Jonah's Gourd Vine (1934).1 Drawing on historical and ethnographic research, Barracoon contains oral history and folklore, presenting Lewis's story...

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