The C.O.W.S. Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon Part 2

Friday, August 10th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific


The Context of White Supremacy hosts our second study session on Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon. Born in 1891, Hurston was a writer and anthropologist who’s cited as a legendary contributor to the Harlem Renaissance. She worked with anthropologists Franz Boaz and Margaret Mead, won a Guggenheim Fellowship,  and authored an impressive array of material, including her most popular title, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Although she died in 1960, she continues to contribute new works. Earlier this year, Hurston’s Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo,” was finally released to the public. The book chronicles her 1927 interviews of Cudjo Lewis (Kossola), reported to be the last living survivor of the Middle Passage. Hurston uses the unique vernacular of Mr. Lewis to authentically share his voice and experiences of being stolen and terrorized. The first portion of the text features two introductions and a forward from Alice Walker. A great deal of time is invested emphasizing that Africans were not just victims of slavery. Walker’s 2018 commentary and editor Deborah G. Plant’s introduction both stress that African kings quarreled with other Africans and sold them off to Whites. The introductions also detail the importance Hurston attached to the unique dialog of Kossola. Her writing the book using Kossola’s way of speaking was a major reason this book was not published for over six decades.


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One Reply to “The C.O.W.S. Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon Part 2”

  1. Why this book was released in 2018?
    It is to destroy the Heroism image of Black females by implicating them as the very people who were involved in slave trade; this is because, I saw some where in the internet that there was a plan to make a movie about the all Black female soldiers of Dahomey who played vital roles in defending Black people and territories against white supremacists slave raiders/kidnappers/traders. They fiercely defeated the WS slave raiders in several battles fronts for years. Years after the all Black females soldiers were no more, the WS slave raiders began to meet unmatched fierceness to raid, kidnap and destroy the weakened Black communities. This book instead is projecting negative image of the all Black female soldiers as fierce, merciless and brutal soldiers against their fellow Black people, capturing, cutting off their heads, and selling some survivors as slaves. Hence, the movie if it will ever be made at all, will not inspire Black people in the way the Black Panther movie did. ( I have never watched the black panther movie, nor any of the likes, I am not a movie nor TV person, never spend my Dime nor minutes of my life in that way).

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