Kindle Price: $12.99

Save $12.00 (48%)

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Buy for others

Give as a gift or purchase for a team or group. Learn more

Buying and sending eBooks to others


Select quantity
Buy and send eBooks
Recipients can read on any device

Additional gift options are available when buying one eBook at a time. Learn more


These ebooks can only be redeemed by recipients in the US. Redemption links and eBooks cannot be resold.

Quantity:
This item has a maximum order quantity limit.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Kindle App Ad
Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" by [Hurston, Zora Neale]

Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 366 customer reviews

See all 10 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
$12.99

Kindle Feature Spotlight

CLOSE

Length: 193 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled

Try Kindle Countdown Deals
Explore limited-time discounted eBooks. Learn more.
click to open popover

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Try Kindle Countdown Deals
Explore limited-time discounted eBooks. Learn more.

Editorial Reviews

Review

“One of the greatest writers of our time.” (Toni Morrison)

“Zora Neale Hurston’s genius has once again produced a Maestrapiece.” (Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple )

“Short enough to be read in a single sitting, this book is one of those gorgeous, much too fleeting things...Brimming with observational detail from a man whose life spanned continents and eras, the story is at times devastating, but Hurston’s success in bringing it to light is a marvel.” (NPR)

“A profound impact on Hurston’s literary legacy.” (New York Times)

“With its historically valuable first-hand account of slavery and freedom, Barracoon speaks straight to the 21st-century world into which it has emerged—almost a century after it was written.” (Lily Rothman, Time)

“Though both Hurston and Lewis are long gone, Hurston’s account of the former slave’s life serves as a timely reminder of our shared humanity—and the consequences that can occur if we forget it.” (People)

“Barracoon and its long path to print is a testament to Zora’s singular vision amid so many competing pressures that continue to put us at war with ourselves.” (Huffington Post)

“[Barracoon’s] belated publication of her phonetic transcription offers spine-chilling access to one of modernity’s great crimes, an atrocity that, when described by a victim, suddenly becomes far less distant.” (The Guardian)

“Zora Neale Hurston’s recovered masterpiece, Barracoon, is a stunning addition to several overlapping canons of American literature.” (Tayari Jones, Washington Post)

“Zora Neale Hurston has left an indelible legacy on the literary community and commanded an influential place in Black history.” (Essence)

From the Back Cover

From the author of the classic Their Eyes Were Watching God comes a landmark publication – a never-before-published work of the American experience.

In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston traveled to Plateau, Alabama, to visit eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis, a survivor of the Clotilda, the last slaver known to have made the transatlantic journey. Illegally brought to the United States, Cudjo was enslaved fifty years after the slave trade was outlawed.

At the time, Cudjo was the only person alive who could recount this integral part of the nation’s history. As a cultural anthropologist, Hurston was eager to hear about these experiences firsthand. But the reticent elder didn’t always speak when she came to visit. Sometimes he would tend his garden, repair his fence, or appear lost in his thoughts.

Hurston persisted, though, and during an intense three-month period, she and Cudjo communed over her gifts of peaches and watermelon, and gradually Cudjo, a poetic storyteller, began to share heartrending memories of his childhood in Africa; the attack by female warriors who slaughtered his townspeople; the horrors of being captured and held in the barracoons of Ouidah for selection by American traders; the harrowing ordeal of the Middle Passage aboard the Clotilda as “cargo” with more than one hundred other souls; the years he spent in slavery until the end of the Civil War; and finally his role in the founding of Africatown.

Barracoon employs Hurston’s skills as both an anthropologist and a writer, and brings to life Cudjo’s singular voice, in his vernacular, in a poignant, powerful tribute to the disremembered and the unaccounted. This profound work is an invaluable contribution to our history and culture.


Product details

  • File Size: 1916 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062748211
  • Publisher: Amistad (May 8, 2018)
  • Publication Date: May 8, 2018
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071YRWK84
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,705 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?


Related media


366 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

Review this product

Share your thoughts with other customers

Read reviews that mention

Showing 1-7 of 366 reviews

May 8, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
160 people found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
May 8, 2018
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
110 people found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
May 8, 2018
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
39 people found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
May 13, 2018
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
35 people found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
May 23, 2018
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
26 people found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
May 13, 2018
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
29 people found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
May 8, 2018
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
50 people found this helpful
Comment Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"