Barracoon Questions and Answers

Barracoon

Cudjo Lewis recounts his time in the barracoon as confusing and traumatic. He had been taken captive during a raid conducted by the Dahomey tribe, who profited from selling Africans into US...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2019, 1:40 pm (UTC)

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Barracoon

According to the traditional conventions of his tribe, Cudjo must undergo certain initiation ceremonies as part of his transition to manhood. It is expected that Cudjo will one day become a brave...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2019, 6:19 am (UTC)

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Barracoon

To address this question concerning Zora Neale Hurston's Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo," pay close attention to Cudjo Lewis's familial ties and cultural connections and their...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2020, 1:26 pm (UTC)

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Barracoon

In her Introduction and Afterword to Barracoon, editor Deborah G. Plant mentions several reasons for the delay in publication. Hurston’s original research had been commissioned by Carter Woodson,...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2018, 4:28 pm (UTC)

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