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Prince among slaves

Author: Terry Alford
Publisher: Oxford, England ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 30th anniversary edView all editions and formats
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Overview: In this remarkable work, Terry Alford tells the story of Abd al Rahman Ibrahima, a Muslim slave who, in 1807, was recognized by an Irish ship's surgeon as the son of an African king who had saved his life many years earlier. "The Prince," as he had become known to local Natchez, Mississippi residents, had been captured in war when he was 26 years old, sold to slave traders, and shipped to America. Slave  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Abd al-Rahman Ibrahima; Abd al-Rahman Ibrahima
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Terry Alford
ISBN: 9780195320459 019532045X 9780195042238 0195042239
OCLC Number: 191202982
Description: xx, 316 pages, [8] pages of plates : genealogical tables, illustrations, map, portraits ; 21 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Why --
The white turban --
Across the broad casamance --
A common slave --
Annus Mirabilis and after --
Unbroken in body and mind --
A northern campaign --
The Almoner of his bounty --
A single plank --
Epilogue --
Afterword --
Appendix --
Genealogies --
Map of West Africa in the 1780s.
Responsibility: Terry Alford.

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Overview: In this remarkable work, Terry Alford tells the story of Abd al Rahman Ibrahima, a Muslim slave who, in 1807, was recognized by an Irish ship's surgeon as the son of an African king who had saved his life many years earlier. "The Prince," as he had become known to local Natchez, Mississippi residents, had been captured in war when he was 26 years old, sold to slave traders, and shipped to America. Slave though he was, Ibrahima was an educated, aristocratic man, and he was made overseer of the large cotton and tobacco plantation of his master, who refused to sell him to the doctor for any price. After years of petitioning by Dr. Cox and others, Ibrahima finally gained freedom in 1828 through the intercession of U.S. Secretary of State Henry Clay. Sixty-six years old, Ibrahima sailed for Africa the following year, with his wife, and died there of fever just five months after his arrival. The year 2007 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Prince Among Slaves, the only full account of Ibrahima's life, pieced together from first-person accounts and historical documents gathered on three continents. It is not only a remarkable story, but also the story of a remarkable man, who endured the humiliation of slavery without ever losing his dignity or his hope for freedom. This thirtieth anniversary edition, which will be released to coincide with a major documentary being aired on Ibrahima's life, has been updated to include material discovered since the original printing, a fuller presentation and appreciation of other African Muslims in American slavery-Ibrahima's contemporaries-and a review of new and important literature and developments in the field. This is the true story of an African prince sold into slavery in the American South.

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