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African Town

Latham, Irene, (author.). Waters, Charles, 1973- (author.).


Chronicles the story of the last Africans brought illegally to the United States on the Clotilda in 1860.
1859. The transatlantic slave trade has been banned for more than fifty years, and the South is facing the threat of a civil war. Timothy Maeher resents the government interference in his right to make a living. Making a bet that he can smuggle enslaved Africans into the United States without being caught, he commissions the Clotilda, and brings back 110 African captives. Among them are Abilè, Gumpa, Kêhounco, Kossola, and Kupolee, who survive the voyage and arrive in Alabama still clinging to the hope of one day returning home. -- adapted from jacket
In 1860, long after the United States outlawed the importation of enslaved laborers, 110 men, women and children from Benin and Nigeria were captured and brought to Mobile, Alabama aboard a ship called Clotilda. Their journey includes the savage Middle Passage and being hidden in the swamplands along the Alabama River before being secretly parceled out to various plantations, where they made desperate attempts to maintain both their culture and also fit into the place of captivity to which they'd been delivered. At the end of the Civil War, the survivors created a community for themselves they called African Town, which still exists to this day. Told in 14 distinct voices, including that of the ship that brought them to the American shores and the founder of African Town, this powerfully affecting historical novel-in-verse recreates a pivotal moment in US and world history, the impacts of which we still feel today.

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  • ISBN: 9780593322888 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 0593322886 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 438 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2022]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 433-435).
Target Audience Note:
Ages 12+. G.P. Putnam's Sons.
Grades 7-9. G.P. Putnam's Sons.
Subject: Africatown (Ala.) > History > 19th century > Fiction.
Novels in verse.
Black people > Africa > Fiction.
Africa > Fiction.
Clotilda (Ship) > Fiction.
Slave trade > Fiction.
Novels in verse.
Black people > Africa > Fiction.
Africa > Fiction.
Clotilda (Ship) > Fiction.
Slave trade > Fiction.
Roman en vers.
Afrique > Romans, nouvelles, etc.
Esclaves > Commerce > Romans, nouvelles, etc.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION > Historical > United States > Civil War Period (1850-1877)
YOUNG ADULT FICTION > Novels in Verse.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION > People & Places > United States > African American & Black.
Blacks > Africa > Juvenile fiction.
Slave trade > Juvenile fiction.
Blacks > Africa > Fiction.
Slave trade > Fiction.
Africa > Juvenile fiction.
Africa > Fiction.
Genre: Young adult fiction.
Young adult works.
Novels in verse.
Historical fiction.
Novels in verse.
Romans en vers.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at State Library of Alabama.


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