By Sylviane A. Diouf

ISBN-10: 0195311043

ISBN-13: 9780195311044

ISBN-10: 0195382935

ISBN-13: 9780195382938

in the summertime of 1860, greater than fifty years after the us legally abolished the foreign slave alternate, one hundred ten males, ladies, and youngsters from Benin and Nigeria have been introduced ashore in Alabama below conceal of evening. They have been the final recorded crew of Africans deported to the USA as slaves. Timothy Meaher, a longtime cellular businessman, despatched the slave send, the Clotilda , to Africa, on a chance that he may "bring a shipful of niggers correct into cellular Bay lower than the officials' noses." He received the bet.

This publication reconstructs the lives of the folk in West Africa, recounts their trap and passage within the slave pen in Ouidah, and describes their adventure of slavery along American-born enslaved women and men. After emancipation, the gang reunited from a number of plantations, acquired land, and based their very own payment, often called African city. They governed it in line with normal African legislation, spoke their very own local language and, while giving interviews, insisted that writers use their African names in order that their households could understand that they have been nonetheless alive.

The final survivor of the Clotilda died in 1935, yet African city remains to be domestic to a neighborhood of Clotilda descendants. The e-book of Dreams of Africa in Alabama marks the two hundredth anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.

Winner of the Wesley-Logan Prize of the yank ancient organization (2007)

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