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Dreams of Africa in Alabama: The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Story of the Last Africans Brought to America by [Sylviane A. Diouf]

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Sylviane A. Diouf is an award-winning historian of the African Diaspora. She is the author of Slavery's Exiles: The Story of the American Maroons and Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas-named Choice Outstanding Academic Book in 1999. Her book Dreams of Africa in Alabama: The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Story of the Last Africans Brought to America received the 2007 Wesley-Logan Prize of the American Historical Association, the 2009 Sulzby Award of the Alabama Historical Association and was a finalist for the 2008 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. She is the editor of Fighting the Slave Trade: West African Strategies and the coeditor of In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience. A recipient of the Rosa Parks Award, the Dr. Betty Shabazz Achievement Award, and the Pen and Brush Achievement Award, Diouf is a Curator at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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*Starred Review* At a time when international slave trade had been outlawed and civil discord on the broader issue of slavery was brewing, an Alabama businessman took up a bet that he could bring slaves from Africa in open defiance of local officials. In the summer of 1860, he did just that with the slave ship Clotilda, bringing back 110 men, women, and children from Dahomey, sneaking them in among the already existing slave community. In this fascinating book, Diouf details how the last enslaved Africans to be brought to the U.S. were integrated into American slave culture and how they fared five years later, after emancipation. When their efforts to return to the west coast of Africa failed, the Africans founded their own settlement, which came to be known as Africatown. They managed to maintain their language, customs, and social structures into the twenty-first century, though the last survivor of the Clotilda died in 1935. Timed to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, this book will appeal to readers interested in the retention of African culture by enslaved black Americans. Vanessa Bush
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00WBN4Q22
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Oxford University Press; 1st edition (March 9, 2007)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 9, 2007
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 10559 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
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I am a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Slavery and Justice, Brown University. As an award-winning historian and curator I specialize in the social history of the African Diaspora.

The discovery in 2019 of the wreck of the Clotilda, the last recorded slave ship to the United States, has brought the story of the 110 young people who were on board to the forefront. Dreams of Africa in Alabama: The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Story of the Last Africans Brought to America (Oxford University Press) won the 2007 Wesley-Logan Prize of the American Historical Association; the 2009 James F. Sulzby Award for best book on Alabama history from the Alabama Historical Association; and was a finalist for the 2008 Hurston/​Wright Legacy Award for non fiction.

My latest book, Slavery's Exiles: The Story of the American Maroons(New York University Press) was born when, a few years ago, I was looking for a book on North American maroons and finding none, I decided to write one.

Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas (NYU Press) was first published in 1998; its 15th anniversary edition (2013), has been updated to include new materials and analysis, a review of developments in the field, prospects for new research, and illustrations.

These three latest books are a reflection of my interest in little-know stories.

www.sylvianediouf.com

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