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The survivors of the Clotilda : the lost stories of the last captives of the American slave trade  Cover Image Book Book

The survivors of the Clotilda : the lost stories of the last captives of the American slave trade / Hannah Durkin.

Durkin, Hannah, (author.).


The Clotilda, the last slave ship to land on American soil, docked in Mobile Bay, Alabama, in July 1860--more than half a century after the passage of a federal law banning the importation of captive Africans, and nine months before the beginning of the Civil War. The last of its survivors lived well into the twentieth century. They were the last witnesses to the final act of a terrible and significant period in world history. In this epic work, Dr. Hannah Durkin tells the stories of the Clotilda’s 110 captives, drawing on her intensive archival, historical, and sociological research. The Survivors of the Clotilda follows their lives from their kidnappings in what is modern-day Nigeria through a terrifying 45-day journey across the Middle Passage; from the subsequent sale of the ship’s 103 surviving children and young people into slavery across Alabama to the dawn of the Civil Rights movement in Selma; from the foundation of an all-Black African Town (later Africatown) in Northern Mobile--an inspiration for writers of the Harlem Renaissance, including Zora Neale Hurston--to the foundation of the quilting community of Gee’s Bend--a Black artistic circle whose cultural influence remains enormous. -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780063072992
  • ISBN: 0063072998
  • Physical Description: xix, 412 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2024]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
Kidnap -- The conspiracy -- The coast -- The sea -- Arrival -- The river -- The Black Belt -- The capital -- African Town -- Reunion -- Burials -- Gee's Bend -- Cocolocco -- The courthouse.
Subject: Clotilda (Ship)
Enslaved persons > Alabama > Biography.
African Americans > Alabama > Biography.
Enslaved persons > Alabama > History > 19th century.
Human trafficking > Alabama > History > 19th century.
Slave trade > United States > History > 19th century.
West Africans > Alabama > History > 19th century.
Mobile (Ala.) > History > 19th century.
Africatown (Ala.) > Biography.
Genre: Informational works.
Illustrated works.

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  • 12 of 15 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
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  • 1 current hold with 15 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Festus Public Library 306.362 Durkin (Text) 32017000085086 New Adult Books Checked out 03/05/2024

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