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    Falss a little short

    Acclaimed author Zora Neale Hurston traveled to Alabama in the late 20s-early30s to interview Cudjo Lewis, who was captured by a rival African tribe and sold into American slavery. He was on the last ever slave ship, the Clotilda, to transport human cargo to the United States. Initially, Hurston attempted to pose questions to Cudjo, but he often went his own way with his stories. Amongst numerous other stories, he spoke of his life in Africa, the day when he was captured and the time he spent in the barracoon waiting to be placed on the ship. He also spoke of family trade ies, some of which pointed to the racial injustice and inequality. The book is very short and the stories of Cudjo's experiences of being captured, sold and transported to America didn't carry any impact for me. Hurston wrote down his words as they sounded to her because of his broken English. I was impacted by this as an African-American to think of how far we have had to come to overcome the obstacles placed in our way. Yet I found myself wanting more of his experiences as a captor and a slave. I was left unsatisfied.
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    From Africa to Hell

    Finally, Zora Neale Hurston’s story of one of the last captives (Kossola) brought from Africa to toil for free in this country is published. Although there are numerous slave narratives, I doubt that many Americans have read them. Now you can read this interesting short account of what is was like to be enslaved in this country. It also gives us insight into what Kossola’s life was like in his African village. It is painful to hear how much he missed his home and his family and that he never made it back to his homeland.

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