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Dreams of Africa in Alabama: The Last African Slaves Brought to America
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Dreams of Africa in Alabama: The Last African Slaves Brought to America

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By Sylviane A. Diouf. In the summer of 1860, more than fifty years after the United States legally abolished the international slave trade, 110 men, women, and children from Benin and Nigeria were brought ashore in Alabama under cover of night. They were the last recorded group of Africans deported to the United States as slaves. Timothy Meaher, an established Mobile businessman, sent the slave ship, the Clotilda , to Africa, on a bet that he could "bring a shipful of n-gg--s right into Mobile Bay under the officers' noses." He won the bet. Oxford University Press, USA, January 2009, English, Paperback 352 pages.

 

Winner of the Wesley-Logan Prize of the American Historical Association (2007).

 

A powerful and compelling reconstruction of the lives of the people in West Africa...recounting their capture and passage in the slave pen in Ouidah, and describing their experience of slavery alongside American-born enslaved men and women. After emancipation, the group reunited from various plantations, bought land, and founded their own settlement, known as African Town. They ruled it according to customary African laws, spoke their own regional language and, when giving interviews, insisted that writers use their African names so that their families would know that they were still alive.

 

Sylviane A. Diouf is an award-winning author of books on African and African diaspora history and culture. She has taught at Libreville University and New York University and is currently a curator at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York.is an award-winning author of books on African and African diaspora history and culture. She has taught at Libreville University and New York University and is currently a curator at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York.

 

 

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